The Most Dangerous Car Models in Accidents

Car safety ratings have become a big deciding factor for most people when they buy a new car. The federal government produces safety ratings through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the insurance industry’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has its 5-star safety scale, and various nonprofits like Consumer Reports and Informed for Life conduct their own safety tests or aggregate test results from other sources.

But even with the increased focus on vehicle safety, nearly 40,000 Americans die in car accidents each year and the insurance industry estimates that the annual number of car accident injuries exceeds 2 million.

The list of most dangerous car models depends on who you ask. Our Phoenix accident lawyer has found these lowest-ranked vehicles listed in various sources:

IIHS List of Vehicles with Highest Death Rates (2014 model year and equivalent models 2012-15)

  1. Hyundai Accent Sedan
  2. Kia Rio Sedan
  3. Scion tC
  4. Chevrolet Spark
  5. Nissan Versa
  6. Ford Fiesta Sedan
  7. Kia Soul
  8. Dodge Challenger
  9. Nissan Titan Crew Cab short bed (4WD)
  10. Ford Focus Sedan

IIHS List of Vehicles Generating Most Personal Injury Claims (Model Years 2013-15)

  1. Mitsubishi Mirage
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer 2WD
  3. Nissan Versa
  4. Kia Forte
  5. Dodge Charger 2WD
  6. Chrysler 200 2WD
  7. Hyundai Accent
  8. Chevrolet Sonic
  9. Kia Rio
  10. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4dr 2WD

IIHS List of Vehicles Generating Most Medical Payment Claims (Model Years 2013-15)

  1. Mitsubishi Mirage
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer 2WD
  3. Nissan Versa
  4. Chevrolet Sonic
  5. Chrysler 200 2WD
  6. Chevrolet Spark
  7. Kia Forte
  8. Nissan Sentra
  9. Hyundai Accent
  10. Dodge Charger 2WD

IIHS List of Vehicles Generating Most Bodily Injury Claims (Model Years 2013-15)

  1. Mitsubishi Lancer
  2. Kia Rio
  3. Mitsubishi Mirage
  4. Chevrolet Sonic
  5. Dodge Charger 2WD
  6. Chevrolet Impala Limited
  7. Chevrolet Cruze
  8. Chrysler 200 2WD
  9. Kia Optima hybrid
  10. Hyundai Accent

Informed for Life List of Least Safe Vehicles for Model Year 2017 (alphabetical order by Make)

  1. Cadillac Escalade
  2. Chevrolet (Camaro, Colorado, Express Passenger Van, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe)
  3. Dodge (Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey)
  4. Fiat 500
  5. Ford (Expedition, Transit)
  6. GMC (Canyon, Savana, Sierra, Yukon Denali, Yukon)
  7. Honda (Civic, Fit)
  8. Hyundai (Accent, Veloster)
  9. Jeep (Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler)
  10. Kia Rio
  11. Lincoln Navigator
  12. Mini Hardtop
  13. Mitsubishi
  14. Nissan (Frontier, Juke, NV3500, Versa)
  15. Ram (1500, 2500)
  16. Toyota (4Runner, Prius, Tundra, Yaris)
  17. Volkswagen Tiguan

List of Top 5 Worst Safety Picks (based on NHTSA and IIHS Data for Model Year 2016)

  1. Jeep Wrangler
  2. Mitsubishi I-MiEV
  3. Kia Rio
  4. Hyundai Accent
  5. Jeep Patriot

Of course, depending on the circumstances of the accident, injuries can occur any car, SUV or truck.  If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, an experienced Phoenix accident lawyer at Hirsch & Lyon can get you the compensation you deserve for your losses. Call any of our offices to schedule a free consultation.