Shalom Lamm, the New York real estate developer, is known for taking acceptable business risks. Nothing dared, nothing gained, goes the old saying, and Lamm is a firm believer in the principle.
However, when it comes to driving cars, Lamm’s mantra is safety first. After all, 1.35 people are killed and between 20 and 50 million people injured, many of whom are lifelong disabled in car accidents around the world.
And accidental injuries are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control. And for the 5- to 29-year-old age group, car accidents are the number one killer, outnumbering HIV.
The good news, of course, is that cars are safer than ever, from both governments and groups like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US and similar efforts around the world.
How do you choose It’s difficult because no brand in the world has a uniformly safe set of cars. Two or three are more likely to stand out, while the results of the rest will be lackluster.
According to US News, some of the safest brands include:
- The Genesis from South Korea
- Volvo from Sweden
- Tesla from the USA
- Mazda from Japan
- Mercedes Benz from Germany
- Subaru from Japan
- Lincoln from the USA
- Acura from Japan
- Hyundai from South Korea
- Audi from Germany
- BMW from Germany
- Kia from South Korea
- Alfa Romeo from Italy
- Honda from Japan
If you look at the list, it’s clear that the highest safety ratings are spread across a wide variety of cars.
How do you know if a particular car is safe?
It’s decidedly more difficult when you get into individual cars. In Europe, you mainly rely on the European New Car Assessment program NCAP. In Australia there is the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. The United States has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the nonprofit road safety insurance industry.
In 2021, brands that were superior in terms of overall safety, frontal crash, side crash and rollover included Mazda, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Chevrolet, Toyota, Lincoln, Chrysler, Volvo, Dodge, Acura, Jeep, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, Nisan, Lexus and Ford.
It should be noted that no manufacturer received 5 stars across the board for its safety ratings, but NHTSA has given a few individual cars like the Toyota Camry 5 stars across the board
Many vehicles received 5 stars in most categories, but 4 stars in one or the other category, e.g. B. the tendency to roll over.
In general, it means that these are pretty safe cars. If you were just looking for vehicles that have 5 stars across the board, there is a lot of scrolling around the internet to do.
What does it all mean? Before buying a car, Shalom Lamm believes that consumers should consider the manufacturer’s safety specifications, including the number of airbags, the safety of rear passengers, and all high-tech safety equipment such as hazard and collision warnings.