May 31, 2006


2006 SUV rollover rates show marked improvement

Washington, D.C. – Rollover ratings for 2006 model year SUVs have shown a marked improvement over 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The results also show an unprecedented number of SUVs with electronic stability control in 2006.

For 2006, 39 SUVs, or 42 per cent of those rated, earned four stars in NHTSA’s rollover rating program; in 2005, 34 received the rating. (The highest rating is five stars.) For 2006, 57 SUVs, or 69 per cent of all models, offer electronic stability control as standard equipment, up from 43 per cent in 2005.

For new 2006 model year vehicles, the highest-rated SUV was the Chevrolet HHR, earning four stars and a 14 per cent chance of rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash. The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Freestyle, both carryover vehicles previously tested in earlier model years, remain the agency’s highest-rated SUVs overall, with four stars and a 13 per cent chance of rollover. The lowest-rated 2006 SUV was the Nissan Xterra 4×4, receiving three stars and a 25 per cent chance of rollover.

For pickups, the highest-rated vehicles were the Honda Ridgeline 4×4 and Toyota Tacoma 4×2, each receiving four stars and 14 per cent chance of rollover. The lowest-rated pickups were the Toyota Tundra 4×2, Nissan Titan 4×4 and Nissan Frontier 4×2, each receiving three stars and 21 per cent.

For vans, the highest-rated vehicle was the Kia Sedona, earning four stars and 13 per cent; the lowest-rated van was the Ford E350, with two stars and 30 per cent. For passenger cars, the highest-rated was the Pontiac G6, earning five stars and 9 per cent; the lowest-rated was the Scion xB (not sold in Canada), with four stars and 18 per cent chance of rollover.

The complete list of 2006 vehicle rollover results can be found at www.safercar.gov.

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