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Child Passenger Safety, Crash Test Ratings, Safe Driving, Safety Technology, Legislation
#125 of 142 Safest of all?
Nov 22, 2012 (7:06 am)
I currently own a 2003 Jeep Liberty that is coming up on 180K miles. If safety were not an issue, I'd probably drive it until it dies, but I recently moved to the Miami area and am concerned about the high rate of accidents here in South Florida.
After shopping around a bit, I am leaning towards a used Volvo XC90 from around 2009 (Consumer Reports says to avoid the 2010 model, and I wouldn't necessarily let that stop me, but it is probably out of my price range.) Safety, a comfortable driving experience (I am in outside sales and sometimes spend 5+ hours per day in my car), and a price at around $20K if I am not gaining any fuel economy over the Jeep, are my 3 main priorities. I am leaning towards a white 8cyl AWD model if I can find one in that range.
My main question: Over the past 5 or so years, what is the safest car across all categories? I have viewed the IIHS top picks, but they are broken down into different classes of cars. I am looking for a vehicle (likely a Volvo), that will provide the best protection in a highway accident and have been leaning towards the XC90 as it is big, heavy, and has Volvo's safety features.
Thank you for any insight you can provide!
#127 of 142 oh Jill, are you busy?
by steve_ HOST
Jan 29, 2013 (8:53 am)
"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, said Tuesday he plans to leave the Obama administration."(Idaho Statesman)
#128 of 142 Re: oh Jill, are you busy? [steve_]
Jan 29, 2013 (9:30 am)
I don't think she would take the job. You do mean Stein???
#129 of 142 Re: oh Jill, are you busy? [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 29, 2013 (10:32 am)
oops, mean to say "oh Joan".
As in Joan Claybrook.
Had to look Stein up, but yeah, she has possibilities.
#130 of 142 Re: oh Jill, are you busy? [steve_]
Jan 29, 2013 (10:50 am)
Jill Stein would be more toward the EPA job.
#131 of 142 hiding the ball
by steve_ HOST
Feb 23, 2013 (7:43 am)
"Informal investigations — where weeks or months can go by before potential problems are brought to the public's attention — are becoming more common. And that has ramifications for car buyers, who may not learn the vehicles they own or are considering buying have quietly raised safety concerns at NHTSA and among automakers."
'Secret' informal car defect probes more common (Detroit Free Press)
#132 of 142 Re: hiding the ball [steve_]
Feb 23, 2013 (7:53 am)
I don't think you can pick any Federal agency that is doing their job protecting US. The FDA is inspecting less than 5% of the seafood coming into the US from sewers in China.
My take is the Federal Government and its too many agencies are overpaid, bloated and lazy fiefdoms.
#133 of 142 Re: hiding the ball [gagrice]
Feb 23, 2013 (9:12 am)
That's not just your take, that's truth for the most part. And connected supposed private industries too....ahem...insurance, etc.
I trust the Euro nanny orgs more when it comes to safety.
#134 of 142 Re: hiding the ball [fintail]
Feb 23, 2013 (9:23 am)
Any industry that is protected by the Federal Government become bloated, insurance, banking and now the auto industry, GM, Fiskers,Tesla etc