Recently, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study looked at the number of driver deaths per million for various 2011 model year cars on US roads, and found that three Chevrolet models were among the ten most deadly.
As ABC News reports, those vehicles are: the Chevy Camaro coupe, Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew cab pickup, and Chevy Aveo compact. Interestingly, of these, only the Chevrolet Camaro was affected by last year’s ignition switch recall.
No other General Motors products were on the list. It’s important to note that the IIHS looked only at driver deaths, as passenger numbers were not available. But while one might be tempted to right-off the 80 deaths-per-million which occurred in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro as being at least partly influenced by driver recklessness, the Silverado and Aveo hardly imply the same driver stigma.
The study also looked at the ten safest 2011 model year vehicles by driver deaths-per-million, and found that eight of the ten were 4WD models. Besides the Silverado, none of the other “deadliest” vehicles were equipped with 4WD. While centered on 2011 vehicles, the study included models from as far back as 2008, provided that they had not been significantly redesigned by the 2011 model year.