The Most Dangerous Cars in America

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4. 2006-2011 Accent
> Make: Hyundai
> Poor ratings: Side, head restraint & seats
> Model discontinued: No
> Type: Sedan

The third generation of the Hyundai Accent spanned the 2006 version of the car through the 2011 edition. While the third generation Accent was one of the best selling subcompact cars throughout its production run, the car received fairly low safety scores from the IIHS. The 2007 Accent received a poor rating for its side crash impact safety test, revealing a high likelihood of pelvis injury for both the driver and passenger in the event of a side crash. The head restraints and seats also received the lowest rating. The fourth generation Hyundai was introduced in the 2012 model year and was equipped with upgraded safety features. The 2012 Accent received a poor rating for small impact frontal crash safety, and a good or acceptable rating for all other safety aspects.

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5. 2001-2005 Optima
> Make: Kia
> Poor ratings: Side, head restraints & seats
> Model discontinued: No
> Type: Sedan

The Kia Optima was the company’s best-selling car in 2015, and also rates as an IIHS top safety pick. The first generation of the Optima, however, was one of the least safe cars on the U.S. market. The first Kia models, produced between the 2001 and 2005 model years, received a poor rating for their side crash impact safety, with the most vulnerability in the driver’s torso and pelvic regions.

The second generation Optima was introduced in the 2006 model year with changes made to the rear door structure for increased safety in side impact crashes. The second generation Optima received an “acceptable” rating in side impact crash safety.

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6. 2006-2009 Rio
> Make: Kia
> Poor ratings: Side, head restraint & seats
> Model discontinued: No
> Type: Sedan

The Kia Rio’s second generation was introduced with the 2006 model year and was produced for six years. Like many subcompact cars on this list, the second generation Rio may have sacrificed safety for affordability. The second generation Rio received the lowest possible rating from the IIHS for its side crash impact safety. While the first few second generation model years received poor ratings for their headrests, the 2010 and 2011 models received acceptable ratings. The 2010 model featured redesigns that significantly reduced neck tension in the event of a crash. The third generation Rio began with the 2012 model year and received the highest scores possible on most safety features.