New Car in 2013? Don't Forget to Check Safety Ratings

January 8, 2013
By Ryan R. Cox and Associates, L.L.C. on January 8, 2013 9:19 AM |

How safe is your car? One of the only (and most effective) ways to know that is to check out its safety rating.

Some newer vehicles aren't getting the best ratings either. As a matter of fact, the country's most popular car -- the Toyota Camry -- recently received some poor ratings, according to CNN Money.
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Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted safety tests on roughly 20 vehicles. Only about half of them got top marks. What's most alarming is that some of the worst marks were received by vehicles that are among the most popular on the road. Both the Toyota Prius v hybrid wagon and the Toyota Camry got "poor" marks. They did the worst of the bunch. In these tests, the front side of these vehicles slammed into a wall while traveling at 40 mph. What the test results show is that passenger would have most likely been seriously injured -- if not killed -- in these accidents. Cars crunched and airbags failed. There wasn't much good news.

Our St. Louis car accident attorneys understand that we all expect our cars to help protect us in the event of an accident.

"Toyota engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of their competitors," said IIHS president Adrian Lund.

The only vehicles that were handed "good" ranks were the Suzuki Kizashi and the Honda Accord sedan. Don't expect to run out and get a Suzuki Kizashi though. Because of poor 2011 sales, the vehicle has been pulled from the U.S. market. There were only about 500 of them sold in November. That's not many compared to the roughly 60,000 Accords and Camrys sold here.

Most of the vehicles that were tested recently were merely given an "acceptable" rating. Included in this category are the Mazda6, the Subaru Legacy and Outback, the Kia Optima, the Volkswagen Passat, the Chrysler 200, the Dodge Avenge and the Nissan Altima and Maxima.

There were three vehicles that got "marginal" markings (the second-worst rating a vehicle can get). These vehicles were the Hyundai Sonata, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Malibu.

Before choosing your next vehicle, it's critical for you to check out the safety ratings as well as the safety features it provides. You can do this easily by checking out SafeCar.gov. Here you can find out all about a vehicle's ratings, info on the tires and safety technology, various safety tips and you can even sign up for e-mail alerts. It's important that you check out a vehicle on the website before making a purchase and it's important that you keep an eye on recalls that could affect your current vehicle.

Check the 5-Star Rating System. It's simple: More Stars equal Safer Cars. 5-Star Safety Ratings measure the crash worthiness and rollover safety of vehicles. Five stars is the highest rating, one is the lowest.

Doing your homework can help to save lives. While you're focusing on safe driving habits, your vehicle should be doing it's job in protecting you in the unlikely event of an accident.

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