While car accidents leading to fatalities have been on the decline since the 1970s, there are still roughly 1.25 million deaths each year. Car manufacturers do their best to improve safety features in their vehicles, but it’s still impossible to bring that staggering number down to zero.
While newer cars feature assistive technology and better crash test ratings, there are plenty of vehicles failing to meet the mark. These are the most dangerous vehicles in America by the numbers.
Hyundai Accent Sedan
While 2018 and 2019 models have improved significantly, the 2012 to 2017 years for the Hyundai Accent received consistently poor ratings for driver overlap. Left hip, lower leg, and left knew injuries were common in accidents, while dummies in tests showed a high risk for head injury.
All in all, there are currently 104 deaths per million registrations of the Hyundai Accent. It remains the highest percentage amongst all vehicles, topping fatalities from medical malpractice and making it the most dangerous used car on the market.
Kia Rio Sedan
The 2015 Rio model from Kia initially held the title of most dangerous cars with a death rate of 149 for every million registrations. That rate dropped to 102 in 2017 as Kia worked to improve its car’s safety features. Regardless, it still comes in second place on the list.
From 2011-2014, the Scion tC held excellent crash test ratings. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do as well in single-vehicle accidents with 58 deaths per million wrecks. It also has 27 deaths per million in single-vehicle rollover crashes. That’s 101 deaths per million registrations, making it the third deadliest car in America.
Minicars often find their fatality risks increased, and the Chevrolet Spark is no exception. While 2016-2018 models improved on this drastically, older models feature severe structure and safety cage issues. The IIHS also found critical issues with the driver-side airbags.
Roughly 70% of all multi-vehicle crashes featuring the Spark resulted in fatalities. If you’ve been injured in an accident while driving this car, hire a team of personal injury attorneys immediately. You may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer.
The Nissan Versa won two top safety picks between 2011 and 2014 but retained one critical design flaw in its front overlap protection. The IIHS determined that the front airbag leaves the driver’s head vulnerable to forward contact, leading to traumatic brain injury in the best-case scenario.
Ford Fiesta Sedan
While the hatchback won several safety designations, the Fiesta sedan shares the same flaw as the Nissan Versa. The IIHS rates it with marginal safety. So, your head is slightly safer in this vehicle. However, 83 deaths per million registrations isn’t winning the Fiesta any accolades for this list.
Those are the top six most dangerous cars in America, but there are more to be wary of. Other cars that feature high death tolls, poor crash test ratings, and critical flaws include:
- Kia Soul (2010-2013)
- Dodge Challenger (2015-present)
- Nissan Titan Crew Cab (2011-2014)
- Nissan Sentra (2013-2014)