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Crash-Test Data, Death Rates Linked, U.S. Insurance Group Says

Drivers of cars such as Hyundai Motor Co.’s Accent, General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Aveo and Chrysler Group LLC’s Dodge Caliber that performed poorly in U.S. side-impact crash tests are more likely to die in accidents than motorists in higher-rating vehicles, an insurance group said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compared its testing data with fatality records compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It found that drivers of vehicles it rated “good” for protection in driver’s-side crashes were 70 percent less likely to die than were drivers of vehicles that it rated “poor,” the Arlington, Virginia-based group’s lowest rating.