DETROIT – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named newer model Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans and Equinox midsize and Traverse large crossover SUVs to its first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers.
The group released its recommended vehicles list along with the results of a survey of 500 parents showing many teens drive older vehicles that may lack important safety technologies. More than half of parents said their child drives a 2006 model year or earlier vehicle, fewer of which are equipped with features such as electronic stability control and side-impact air bags.
All three Chevrolet models were on the group’s Best Choices (under $20,000) list, meaning they earned Good ratings in IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; earned at least four out of five stars in federal government crash tests; and offer standard stability control, which helps drivers avoid rollover crashes.
“No parent wants to put a price on the safety of their young drivers and passengers,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “When kids graduate from the safety seat to the driver’s seat, the Malibu, Equinox and Traverse models recommended by IIHS are affordable while offering parents the safety features they want.”
IIHS did not recommend any brand’s mini or small cars, or high-horsepower vehicles.
Details and estimated prices, excluding tax, title and license, based on oldest model and base trim level in Good condition or Better condition, according to Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com:
Because behavior also influences traffic safety, GM and the GM Foundation are working to reduce injuries and fatalities to young drivers and passengers.
In June, a Safe Kids Worldwide report funded by a $2-million GM Foundation grant found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to teens between the ages of 13 and 19. Although seat belts reduce the risk of death to front-seat occupants by 45 percent, half of those who die are not belted.
The report, “Teens in Cars,” was based on a national survey of 1,000 teens between 13 and 19. Of those surveyed, one in four reported they do not use a seat belt all the time for reasons that range from not making it a habit to discomfort.
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