Study Finds Kids No Safer in SUVs

Doubled risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their greater size and weight, according to a study sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

Published: 04-Jan-2006

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois (AP) -- Children are no safer riding in sport utility vehicles than in passenger cars, largely because the doubled risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their greater size and weight, according to a study.

Researchers said the findings dispel the bigger-equals-safer myth that has helped fuel the growing popularity of SUVs among families. SUV registrations climbed 250 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2002.

"We're not saying they're worse or that they're terrible vehicles. We're challenging the conventional wisdom that everyone assumed they were better," said Dr. Dennis Durbin, a pediatric emergency physician who took part in the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics.

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