New 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks Are Here

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks for 2010 came out today and for the first time ever, roof strength was tested and included in the ratings. This means the Institute is seriously acknowledging the likelihood of rollover accidents and the survivability of them depending on what type of car you are in. Automobile manufacturers have traditionally tried to ignore roof crush standards, but they really can’t now. Especially given the high center of gravity of an SUV, that more and more Americans (including Georgians) are driving SUV’s now and, consequently, more rollovers are occurring. The starting premise of the crashworthiness of your vehicle is that your own vehicle should not kill you. This means that if you are in a wreck and the wreck is survivable, your car should not cause your death. In a rollover accident, if the roof is not strong, it will flatten like a pancake, leaving very little room for the occupants of the cab. Sometimes, the roof will crush and hit an occupant’s head and cause severe and even catastrophic neck injuries, e.g., paralysis. I am glad to see the Institute including roof crush standards in its report. Suburu, Ford, Volvo and Volkswagon all fared well in the safety report. Certainly something to consider before buying your next car. Speaking of which, you may also find at this link a brochure about buying safer cars. Consult this when you are next in the market for a new car.