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This is a question I've been wondering about for the past month or two.

Although all we hear about are recalls these days, there's absolutely ZERO question whether or not vehicles have become safer over the years.

It's been statistically proven. They are, and in a big way.

Not only is there more safety technology in automobiles these days — active and passive —the testing criteria continues to get tougher as well as federal regulations.

Just about every car is able to withstand a significant impact. Though, make no mistake, once and a while one will slip through the cracks.

That said, I've been left wondering: Do safety ratings even matter anymore in the car buying, decision-making process?

What say you, Spies?


...This year, 71 vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick awards compared to 39 last year.

That number includes vehicles winning the Institute's stringent Top Safety Pick Plus award, a feat managed by 33 vehicles this year, 11 more than last year. The Insurance Institute, a private group financed by auto insurers, puts vehicles through various crash tests to measure how well they protect occupants. These tests are different from those performed by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...



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Cars Are SAFER Than EVER! Do Safety Ratings Even IMPACT Your Buying Decision Anymore?

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