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Top 10 Most Dangerous Vehicles You Should Avoid

If you’re considering buying a used car, safety is probably one of your top priorities. There are around 30 deaths for every one million registered vehicles in the U.S. These are the automobiles (in no particular order) with especially high rates of fatalities, based on crash tests and according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

#1: Dodge Challenger (2015-2018)

The Dodge Challenger, a “muscle car” built for speed, doesn’t do well on crash tests and is considered a risky choice. There are 81 deaths for every one million registrations of this model of the Dodge Challenger, which received negative ratings in terms of its safety cage and overall structure.

#2: Nissan Titan Crew Cab (2011-2014)

The Nissan Titan Crew Cab is often deemed one of the most dangerous pickup trucks on the market. It is given to rollovers and has a weak roof structure. In addition, there are 73 deaths for every one million registrations of this truck.

#3: Nissan Sentra (2013-14)

The Nissan Sentra has a safety rating of “poor,” and for good reason. Its driver’s side is severely compromised, meaning that drivers are especially vulnerable to injuries in this vehicle. There are 72 deaths for every one million registrations of this vehicle.

#4: Scion tC

The Scion tC is one of the five deadliest vehicles on the market, according to crash tests and registration statistics. The vehicle clocks 101 deaths for every one million registrations and 58 deaths per million in single-vehicle crashes, making it an especially dangerous choice for new car buyers.

#5: Kia Soul (2010-2013)

The 2010-2013 model of the Kia Soul didn’t perform well in front overlap crash tests and has a compromised driver’s space. With 82 deaths for every one million Kia Soul registrations, it’s not a particularly safe choice for any used car buyer.

#6: Chevrolet Spark

If you’re considering buying a minicar like the Chevrolet Spark, beware: They are often risky, especially in the U.S., where large vehicles are increasingly common. 70% of multi-vehicle crashes where a Chevrolet Spark is involved lead to deaths and drivers are especially vulnerable to airbag-related injuries in this vehicle.

#7: Nissan Versa (2012-2018)

The 2012-2018 Nissan Versa, like many other vehicles on this list, performed poorly on front overlap crash tests. Tests concluded that drivers would be especially vulnerable to injuries due to the way the airbags were designed for this vehicle. There are 95 deaths recorded for every one million registrations of this model of the Nissan Versa.

#8: Kia Rio sedan

There are 102 deaths for every one million registrations of the Kia Rio sedan, as well as 80 deaths per million in multiple-vehicle crashes. Although the vehicle’s safety has improved since 2015 with some design changes, it is still highly dangerous.

#9: Hyundai Accent sedan (2012-2017)

Death rates for the 2012-2017 Hyundai Accent sedan are especially high, making it one of the most dangerous vehicles on the market. Drivers are vulnerable to head injuries, as well as damage to the lower leg, left hip, and left knee. There are 104 deaths for every one million registrations of this model of the Hyundai Accent sedan.

#10: Ford Fiesta sedan (2011-2014)

The Ford Fiesta sedan performed well in many crash tests, but ultimately only earned a safety rating of “marginal” because of its poor performance in front overlap crash tests. The tests revealed that head and lower leg injuries were likely in certain crashes with the Ford Fiesta sedan.

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