We are often told that size does not matter however according to the latest study by iSeeCars, the Top 14 cars in which occupant fatalities are most likely are all small.
As a car manufacturer, this is not a list on which you want your product featured. In this latest study by ISeeCars.com, the analyzed data shows that smaller cars are at least twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
iSeeCars.com has analyzed fatality data on model year cars from the 2013-2017 model years from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) as well as over 25 million used cars from the same era to come up with these figures.
Before freaking out and turning in your car for fear of imminent death, it’s important to keep in mind that all of these cars meet all crash safety requirements for vehicles in their categories. Their ratings may be below average they are effectively road legal and certified.
Despite this, iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly has this to say: “Despite recent advances in safety technology, our data suggests that small vehicles still aren’t as safe as larger vehicles when they are involved in serious accidents. Subcompact cars have a fatal accident rate of 4.5 cars per billion vehicle miles, which is almost double the overall average. Sports cars are the vehicle segment with the highest fatal accident rate of 4.6 cars per billion vehicle miles. They’re designed to prioritize speed and acceleration, so it is perhaps no surprise that their accidents result in a high number of fatalities.”
It is true however that less expensive subcompact cars typically are not equipped with active safety features that are readily available on midsize and larger cars. Many of the sports cars on this list find themselves in a similar position where advanced safety features are not offered.
Here are their findings:
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Nissan Versa Note
According to iSeeCars, this is how fatality rates compare across all car sizes.
|Fatal Accident Rates by Passenger Car Size|
|Size||Fatal Accident Rate (Cars per Billion Vehicle Miles)|
|Average for All Cars||3.3|