This issue of the Insurance Research Council’s (IRC) Public Attitude Monitor 1999 focuses on three subjects. The first is the importance of vehicle safety, crash test ratings, and other safety information to purchasers of passenger vehicles, and sources used by consumers when obtaining vehicle safety information. The second topic is public attitudes toward the safety of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Current data on auto accident injuries and fatalities show that, in multiple car collisions involving an SUV and a passenger car, the occupants of the passenger car are four times more likely to sustain fatalities. The data also show that SUVs have a greater likelihood of rollover accidents compared to passenger vehicles. The third subject is the problem of uninsured drivers.
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