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What safety features help you the most

A report this week by NHTSA proves vehicle changes in the past decade have saved numerous lives. TorqueNews looks at improvements that made the most difference.

There is good news for drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week regarding safety. 2010 had the lowest vehicle related deaths since the Second World War era. Deaths over the past half century have dropped dramatically, but what is most interesting is the steady decline over the past decade. Bear in mind these numbers reflect deaths per mile driven, so there is no evidence that drivers drove less over this period. In fact, over the past year people have driven more and still set records for lowest overall deaths.

NHTSA has just completed an exhaustive study that looked closely at the changes during the years 2000 through 2008, to the way vehicles were designed and of course to their safety features. The report concluded there has been a significant, measurable improvement in a person’s likelihood to avoid a crash, survive a crash, and even walk away from a crash uninjured. The report had a limited scope, and although it did an excellent job of determining what type of crash was reduced the most, and by what percentage a person’s chances increased in which category of crash, the report does not list the changes to vehicles that resulted in these improvements. Let us help.


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So.. the NHTSA studies itself and finds that it's doing a great job. Gee, what a surprise..