Is SUV Safety a Myth?


Cato's Jerry Taylor has an illuminating op-ed piece about SUV safety in today's Washington Times. Citing a detailed analysis of crash data by University of Michigan economist Michelle White, he argues that the popular perception of SUVs as safer than smaller, lighter vehicles is correct: Despite the rollover risk, SUV occupants are less likely to be killed in a crash. White's study indicates that pickups and minivans are responsible for dragging down the safety profile of the "light truck" class.