Indiana-made vehicles unsafe?

November 25, 2008
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More than half the cars, vans, pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles assembled in Indiana failed to make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyâ??s latest list of safest vehicles.

Making the list are the Subaru Legacy and Tribeca, assembled in Lafayette; the Honda Civic, made in the new plant at Greensburg; and the Toyota Tundra. Tundra production, however, is being moved out of Princeton to a Toyota plant in Texas.

Missing from the list are the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, assembled at Fort Wayne; the Toyota Camry, made at the Subaru plant; the Toyota Sienna, assembled in Princeton; and the Toyota Sequoia, also made at Princeton.

As buyers increasingly factor safety into their decisions, models not appearing on the list lose out on a strong selling point. That canâ??t be good news for Fort Wayne or for the Evansville area, which is fed in part by the Toyota plant.

How do you feel about these ratings? The Insurance Institute test is considered tougher than the governmentâ??s safety test, but more than 70 cars now are earning the highest mark.

Increasing safety is certainly worth celebrating. But is the bar now too low? Should the institute raise its standards?
  • Too low or too high? Would you rather be hit in a 2008 Camry or a 2000 Camry? I am absolutely confident the 2008 is safer. How about a My feeling is that these self serving independent rating institutions may not reflect reality. The list now requires that vehicles have electronic anti rollover protection in the form of Electronic Stability Control. Again, nice feature, not inexpensive, and the absence of this does not make a vehicle unsafe.

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