The Track Record

Americans have embraced the SUV as a family car, but regulators say the rugged vehicles can be hazardous to passengers, other drivers and the environment

Sales of light trucks, including SUVs, outpaced sales of cars in recent years

Cars SUVs, crossover vehicles, pickups and minivans

Source: National Automobile Dealers Association

Accident deaths have declined for all vehicles over the past 10 years, but passenger cars as a group are still slightly safer than SUVs . . .

SUVs 16.2 Pickups 16.1 Cars 15.7 Vans/minivans 11.1

Passenger-vehicle occupant-fatality rates per 100,000 vehicles, 1994-2001

** IIHS crash test performance *For 2002 and 2003 model years

. . . mostly because of SUV rollovers . . . Percentage of occupant fatalities involving a rollover in vehicles of each type,...

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