Mike Hunter wrote:
Perhaps it is because they have enough sense to not buy
a small less safe vehicle in which to transport their family,
simply save a few hundred dollars a year on fuel?
"John Horner" wrote:
Then why are fatality rates higher for pickup trucks and
SUVs than they are for passenger cars?
"The traffic safety agency reported that there were 16.42
deaths of S.U.V. occupants in accidents last year for every
100,000 registered S.U.V.'s. The figure for passenger cars
was 14.85 deaths for each 100,000 registered; pickups
were slightly higher than cars at 15.17 deaths per 100,000,
while vans were lowest at 11.2 occupant deaths for
every 100,000 registered. "
Apples to oranges. Mike referred to the safety risk of
small cars, and you refer to the safety risk of all cars.
Imagine a 60 MPH head-on collision between a 5000 Lb
RoadMaster and a 2000 Lb Gas-Saver. After colliding,
the R/M would have been slowed to 45 MPH and the G-S
would be shooting backward at 15 MPH. An R/M passenger
who didn't buckle his seat belt would hit the dashboard at
(60-45) = 15 MPH. A G-S passenger who didn't buckle his
seat belt would hit the dashboard at (60+15) = 75 MPH.
No collision is perfectly elastic, some energy would be
absorbed by car body crushing, but you get the picture.
I believe cars have been commoditized, like refrigerators,
and that one is about as good as the other, so there is
no reason to be committed to either foreign cars or to
domestic cars. This gives a buyer the flexibility and the
freedom to choose a vehicle based on his own judgement.
It is not necessary to justify one's own choices for value
and safety by moralizing about some else's preferences,
Best regards to all alt.autos enthusiasts.