10 Most Dangerous Vehicles In America

Since the 1970s, car crash fatalities have been in decline. Part of that decline is because vehicles have overall improved in safety thanks, in part, to vehicle manufacturers heeding government regulations and working to improve car safety. However, that all changed in 2015 with motor vehicle accident deaths increasing 7 percent over the previous year. Because of this, it is now more important than ever to drive a safe car. The latest numbers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that the overall death rate is approximately 30 deaths per million registered vehicles. It is no secret that thousands of people die each day from vehicle crashes.

The IIHS has compiled the statistics for crash deaths along with the vehicles these crashes were in. These statistics include all vehicles with more than 100,000 registrations. The IIHS calculated the ratio of driver death per million registered vehicles.

Here are the 10 vehicles that have been named the most dangerous vehicles in America.

10. Nissan Sentra (2013-14)

The 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra is one of the most dangerous cars on the road. The four-door Nissan Sentra had a rating of poor rating in IIHS crash tests. The report showed that the driver’s side was seriously compromised. The IIHS’ crash test gave Sentra a rating of poor.

  • 72 deaths per million registrations
  • 62 deaths per million single-vehicle crashes; 9 death per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 15 deaths per million multi-vehicle crashes

9. Nissan Titan Crew Cab (2011-2014)

This short bed pickup is the only truck on the list. Between 2011 and 2014, the Nissan Titan two-wheel drive model has been considered the most dangerous pickup on the road. The IIHS crash tests find that the Titan’s roof strength is weak. In addition, this weak roof is likely a factor in 73 driver deaths per million registrations. The truck may also be prone to rollovers. Nearly 50 percent of the 73 driver deaths per million registrations were the result of single-vehicle crashes.

  • 73 deaths per million registrations
  • 62 per million were in single-vehicle crashes; 30 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 15 deaths per million multi-vehicle crashes

8. Dodge Challenger (2015-2018)

Dodge Challengers are by far the deadliest “muscle cars” on the road. The car has never performed well in crash tests since its 2008 launch. The 2015 model year received a poor rating for structure and safety cage protection.

  • 81 deaths per million registrations
  • 29 deaths per million were in single-vehicle crashes; 7 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 51 deaths per million multi-vehicle crashes

7. Kia Soul (2010-2013)

A fantastic marketing campaign involving flashy, hilarious dancing hamsters to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” gave this car its initial appeal. While Kia made safety improvements to the Soul beginning in 2014, early models failed the crash test because of front overlap crash tests and were assigned a “poor” rating by the IIHS. The Soul is yet another vehicle on the list with a compromised driver’s space.

  • 82 deaths per million registrations
  • 26 deaths per million single-vehicle crashes; 17 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 58 deaths per million multi-vehicle crashes

6. Ford Fiesta sedan (2011-2014)

Available as both a sedan and hatchback, the 2011-14 Ford Fiesta won several safety designations. However, the vehicle had a serious weakness in front overlap crash tests. In fact, the IIHS reported that measurements from the dummy indicate that injury to the head and left lower leg would be possible in a severe crash. The IIHS rated the Fiesta “marginal” in safety.

  • 83 deaths per million registrations
  • 25 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 4 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 63 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

5. Nissan Versa (2012-2018)

Much like the Fiesta, the Nissan Versa was the winning of two Top Safety Pick wins between 2011 and 2014; however, the vehicle has a serious design flaw with front overlap protection. During testing, the IIHA found that the way the airbag deploys leaves the head vulnerable to contact with a forward structure.

  • 95 deaths per million registrations
  • 35 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 14 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 61 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

4. Chevrolet Spark

Drivers of minicars are taking on serious risks as the average American driver continues to prefer much larger SUVs. Still, while the Spark has improved tremendously in newer 2016-2018 models, earlier models had structure and safety cage concerns. Approximately 70 percent of multi-vehicle crashes involving a Spark resulted in fatalities. The IIHS found the vehicle had critical vulnerabilities in driver side airbags.

  • 96 deaths per million registrations
  • 27 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 18 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 69 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

3. Scion tC

The Scion tC has strong crash tests in 2011-2014 models. However, it is the only car outside of the mini class to rank among the five deadliest vehicles in America. At 101 deaths per million registrations, the majority of tC crash fatalities came from single vehicle crashes. Of those crashes, 46 percent were from single-vehicle rollovers.

  • 101 deaths per million registrations
  • 58 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 27 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 46 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

2. Kia Rio sedan 

In 2015, the Kia Rio ranked first with a driver death rate of 149 per million registrants. However, when the 2017 numbers appeared, Kia had improved the Rio’s safety tremendously. In 2017, Kia Rio’s death rate dropped to 102. While it is not number one on this list, it is a close second.

  • 102 deaths per million registrations
  • 16 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 5 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 80 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

1. Hyundai Accent sedan

Used car shoppers be warned: avoid the 2012-2017 Hyundai Accent sedan. Again, while the Accent sedan has improved in the 2018-2019 models, older models were consistently rated poor for driver overlap. The driver’s space was seriously compromised with the potential for left hip, left knee, and lower leg injuries—depending on crash severity. Additionally, crash dummies show a risk for head damage as well. The Accent sedan death rate is the highest among all vehicles.

  • 104 deaths per million registrations
  • 33 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes; 22 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 71 per million in multiple-vehicle accidents

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