Special Report

Deadliest Cars in History

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Toyota Yaris
> Made: 2007-2018

In addition to a critical design flaws, the Toyota Yaris proved to be too small to be safe. From 2009 to 2011, Yaris drivers and passengers were more likely to file personal injury claims after an accident than those in any other car as the tiny hatchback provided little protection. The Yaris suffered from the same issues as several other Toyota vehicles, including a wiring problem that stopped airbags from working, and a defect that caused the front seats to move without warning.

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GMC Terrain
> Made: 2010-present

When reviewing the data from 2012 to 2015, the GMC Terrain 2-wheel drive was by far the deadliest SUV on the road, according to IIHS. The Terrain 2WD had a death rate of 53 deaths per million registered vehicle years, as compared with the average rate across all vehicles of 30 deaths per million. It ranked among the worst SUVs for single-vehicle, multi-vehicle, and rollover crash death rates.

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Mitsubishi Mirage
> Made: 1992-present

According to an iSeeCars analysis of Department of Transportation data, the Mitsubishi Mirage accounts for more fatal accidents per mile driven than any other car. For every billion miles a Mirage drove, 10.2 of them were involved in a fatal accident, compared with the average fatality rate of 2.6 per billion miles among all cars. Though it has not had any major flaws or issues, smaller subcompact cars like the Mirage can struggle to protect passengers from the impact of a crash.

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Chevrolet Corvette
> Made: 1992-present

The Chevrolet Corvette Corvette had a fatal accident rate of 9.8 cars per billion miles, the second-highest rate among recent model year vehicles, iSeeCars found. Studies have found that wealthier people in more expensive cars tend to drive rudely and recklessly. Considering the Corvette’s high price tag, owners are likely to be wealthy and drive more recklessly.

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Kia Rio sedan
> Made: 2001-present

No modern car is more dangerous in a multi-vehicle accident than the Kia Rio. The IIHS found that, from 2012 to 2015, the Rio had a rate of 80 deaths in multi-vehicle wrecks per million vehicle years — more than four times the average rate of all passenger vehicles, which is 18 per million. More recent versions of the Rio have improved their crash preparedness.

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