The NHTSA Rates the Most Unsafe Cars

Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness discuss the NHTSA rates the most unsafe cars.According to a report that was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of car accident fatalities in the United States is lower than it has been in 30 years. This is largely because today’s vehicles are safer than ever thanks to improvements in safety technology and increasingly strict federal regulations. However, not all vehicles manufactured today receive high scores on major safety tests. After rating thousands of vehicles ranging from sedans and wagons to pickup trucks and SUVs, the NHTSA compiled a list of the most unsafe cars on the road. Consumers can use this information the next time they are purchasing a vehicle.

The NHTSA’s report found that 36,560 people were fatally injured in car accidents in this country in 2018. That is 10,000 fewer accidents than 30 years ago, which is significant because there are far more vehicles on the road today. Improvements to safety technology, including collision avoidance, anti-lock brakes, smart airbags, and adaptive headlights have certainly made today’s vehicles much safer, and prevented many serious car accidents. Based on a one to five-star rating system that scores vehicles for frontal crash, side crash, rollover safety, and overall safety, the agency compiled a list of 35 vehicles that received poor safety ratings in these categories.

NHTSA’s Rating System

The 2019 and 2020 model years generally scored four and five stars, but several earlier models received two or three stars. The NHTSA first began issuing more rigorous tests and safety standards in 2011, which is why vehicles from before this year are included on the list. If a different version of a model received different scores, the lower-rated model was included on the list. The following are examples of vehicles that were included on the list, and the categories where they received poor ratings. The complete list of 35 vehicles can be found on the NHTSA’s website.

  • 2011 Buick Lucerne
    – Model variant with low rating: Four-door FWD early release
    – Overall NHTSA safety rating: Three out of five stars
    – NHTSA frontal crash rating: Five out of five stars
    – NHTSA side crash rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA rollover rating: Five out of five stars
  • 2011 Ford Escape
    – Model variant with low rating: Hev SUV
    – Overall NHTSA safety rating: Three out of five stars
    – NHTSA frontal crash rating: Three out of five stars
    – NHTSA side crash rating: Three out of five stars
    – NHTSA rollover rating: Three out of five stars
  • 2011 Ford Ranger
    – Model variant with low rating: Regular Cab PU/RC
    – Overall NHTSA safety rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA frontal crash rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA side crash rating: Three out of five stars
    – NHTSA rollover rating: Three out of five stars
  • 2014 GMC Sierra 2500
    – Model variant with low rating: PU/RC RWD
    – Overall NHTSA safety rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA frontal crash rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA side crash rating: Two out of five stars
    – NHTSA rollover rating: Three out of five stars

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 If you were injured in a car accident involving a vehicle with a poor safety rating, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will protect your rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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