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Which car makes and models have the highest fatality rates?

Every year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety lists which vehicles were involved in the most fatal crashes.

Before reading you should know several things:

  • Cars are actually safer today than ever.
  • It's not always the car's fault - by design or performance -- that the accident proves fatal.
  • These numbers reflect fatalities from years gone by. This year's list covers the model years 2008-2011. These cars may be better today, or there may be other models that are now worse.

Here ten, are the 19 deadliest cars from the past few years, with the number of deaths per million:

19. Honda Civic (four door) -- 49

18. Dodge Nitro 2WD -- 51

17. Mazda 6 -- 54

16. Jeep Patriot 2WD -- 57

15. Mercury Grand Marquis -- 57

14. Chevrolet Aveo station wagon -- 58

13. Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD -- 60

12. Chevrolet HHR -- 61

11. Nissan Cube -- 66

10. Ford Focus -- 70

9. Nissan Versa hatchback -- 71

8. Honda Civic (2-door) - 76

7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD -- 79

6. Chevrolet Camaro -- 80

5. Hyundai Accent 2-door) -- 86

4. Chevrolet Aveo -- 99

3. Hyundai Accent (4-door) - 120

2. Nissan Versa sedan -- 130

1. Kia Rio -- 149

The Kia Rio led in deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes with 96.

The Nissan Versa sedan led in deaths in single-car crashes, with 87, and also in deaths from rollover accidents, with 51.

Source: Newsday

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