Crash Test: 59 Chevy Belaire vs 09 Chevy Malibu

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    Crash test: '59 Chevy vs. '09 Chevy - Multimedia - MSN Money

     
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    Ok, so the difference is in safety features. I'd forgotten how far the safety features have developed and so I was surprised by the result. I had a friend that was in an accident involving his 1970's Oldsmobile vs. a 1990's era Coupe. The other car was totaled while the Oldsmobile only had scratched paint.
     
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    Highway Safety then and Now
    1959 2008
    Registered Vehicles 71.5 million 255 million

    Miles Driven 700 billion 2.9 trillion

    Fatalities 37,910 37,261

    Fatalities per million miles 5.41 1.27
     
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    The similarities in fatalities are amazing.
     
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    But look at the "per million miles" figger.
     
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    It is amazing the amount of improvement is crash safety. When I first saw the post, I thought the huge 59 Bel Air would cream the Malibu. I used to drive a 64 Bel Air and it was a tank.

    Seat Belts, Air Bags, Driver Crush Zones have all made cars safer. So have better suspensions, brakes and tires. Roads are also designed better. To cut fatalities by 75% in 50 years is impressive.
     

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