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SUV Fatality Rate Down 8.7%; Greatest Decline of All Vehicle Types According to Latest Fatality Data

August 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The latest highway fatality data just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that a number of key safety indicators show that SUV safety has improved, according to SUV Owners of America:

  • Overall occupant fatality rate for SUVs showed the greatest decline of all vehicle types, down 8.7 percent.
  • SUVs had the largest decline of all vehicle types in occupant fatality rate in rollover crashes, down 11 percent.
  • Occupants killed and injured in two vehicle crashes involving a passenger car and an LTV (pickup, van, SUV): passenger car deaths down 4.9 percent and LTV deaths are down 3.0 percent.
  • Among all passenger vehicles, SUVs had the largest increase in registrations, up 11 percent.

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