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Researchers Say Women More Likely to Die in Car Accidents

Posted on November 8, 2011 to

Julie Heiden

Women drivers should take note of this study from the University of Virginia. The study revealed that women are 47 percent more likely to die in a car accident than men are. The reason, as reported at ketknbc.com, is due to crash test dummies. The test dummies are similar in size to a man and not a woman. As a result, automakers manufacture the safety equipment for a larger person.

According to the report, the researchers examined car accidents that occurred from 1998 to 2008. Although the results are not good for women, change is on the way, says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. There are newer regulations in place that provide automobile safety ratings for male and female drivers and passengers, according to LaHood. The newer regulations mean that the older vehicles pose a greater risk of injury for women. The newer cars offer more protection for women.

Advancements in testing led to automakers reducing the force of airbag deployment in an accident. Prior to 1998, the force was so strong that it injured women and small children.

Do you pay attention to safety ratings for men and women when looking at vehicles?

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