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Safest Cars 2009: Ford, Subaru, VW Win Insurance Industry Picks

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- (KEN THOMAS, AP): Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen lead the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles, according to a close...

Video: Insurance industry names safest cars

MSNBC | MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Nov. 18: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its list of the safest cars for 2010. NBC's Tom Costello has a look at some of the top...

Surprise: Fall most deadly driving, winter safest

AP | DAVID N. GOODMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Icy winter roads and vacation-clogged summer highways might seem the most dangerous for motorists, but new research says fall is when driving is at its deadliest.

A new report has found that October has the year's highest death rate per distance driven. In fact, the danger of dying in a crash is 16 percent greater in October than in wintry March – the safest month of the year.

"Everything else being equal, inclement weather – snow and ice – should increase the risk of driving," said Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan Transportation Safety Institute in Ann Arbor. "However, because inclement weather also leads to general reductions in speed, the net effect is not clear."

Sivak analyzed monthly crash death figures for the U.S. from 1994 to 2006 and reported his findings in the July issue of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

October had a death rate of 10.2 per billion kilometers, compared with March's 8.8 per billion kilometers, he found.

Teen Driving Age Should Be Raised, Says Auto Safety Group

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — Taking aim at a longstanding rite of passage for 16-year-olds, an influential auto safety group is calling on states to raise the age ...