Study: SUVs Don't Make Kids Safer Than Cars

Posted on January 3, 2006

A new study disputes the idea that heavier SUVs are safer for kids than cars. The study essentially found that any benefit from being inside the heavier SUV is canceled out by the high risk of rollovers. The study also found that children in rollovers were three times more likely to be seriously injured than those in non-rollover accidents.

Dennis Durbin, a pediatric emergency physician who took part in the study, tells CBS News, "We're not saying they're worse or that they're terrible vehicles. We're challenging the conventional wisdom that everyone assumed they were better."

Eron Shosteck, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told CBS News that SUVs have become less top-heavy since 2000 and have made major improvement in making SUVs more rollover resistant.

Car buyers can check the NHTSA's SaferCar.gov for vehicle safety information including results from crash tests and rollover ratings.
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