Los Angeles, California – Passengers in hybrid vehicles are about 25 per cent less likely to be injured in a crash than those in conventional cars, according to new research by the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute.

Cars with hybrid engines typically weigh about 10 per cent more than their gas-powered twins.

“This new research shows that hybrid engines not only save fuel, but they may save lives,” said Candysse Miller, executive director of the Insurance Information Network of California. “Choosing a car that saves gas doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on safety.”

The research compared 25 hybrid cars and their gasoline-powered siblings, including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight were not included in the study as they are not available with conventional engines.

A separate study by the Institute found that hybrids may be as much as 20 per cent more likely to be involved in collisions with pedestrians, likely due to their quiet engines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently developing policies to equip electric and hybrid cars with sounds to alert unsuspecting pedestrians.

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