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A BLAZER OF GLORY

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Published on Thu, Sep 22, 2005

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

2002 Chevrolet Blazer 2-door ZR2 BLAZER RANKED DEALIEST VEHICLE IN THE USA

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research group reports that the two-door Chevrolet Blazer from General Motors has the highest driver death rate of any passenger vehicle on U.S. roadways. The IIHS bases its conclusion on a 2005 study of passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs from the 1999-2002 model years. The IIHS study focuses on the rate of driver deaths in various types of crashes, including both single- and multiple-vehicle accidents. The overall driver death rate, for 199 models studied during the 2000-2003 calendar years, is 87 per million registered vehicles annually, according to the IIHS. Weighing in at more than three times the overall rate, the IIHS says the two-wheel-drive Blazer 2-door - a mid-sized SUV - has an average of 308 driver deaths per million. The Blazer also had the highest rate of driver deaths in rollover accidents, at 251 per million, according to the report. Remarkably, seven of the 14 deadliest passenger vehicles in the report are Chevrolets, with the Blazer 4-door, Camaro, Tracker, S10, Cavalier 2-door and Cavalier 4-door sharing the spotlight with the Blazer 2-door. The vehicle with the lowest overall rate of driver deaths, according to the IIHS, is the Mercedes E-Class, at 10 per million. The Toyota 4Runner, a mid-sized SUV, is second lowest at a rate of 12 per million. The third lowest - and the lowest of all four-door family sedans - is the Volkswagen Passat, with 16 deaths. This article comes courtesy of LA Car's Blog.

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