|The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
has routinely published passenger vehicle occupant fatality
rates, both overall and in vehicles that rolled over, by the
type of the vehicle, such as passenger cars, SUVs, pickup
trucks or vans. These categories of vehicles are broad and
may mask differences in rates that might exist between
vehicles of different sizes within a type.
The occupant fatality rates show variation by the size of
the vehicle within a vehicle type. In 2004, compact cars had
an occupant fatality rate of 17.76 fatalities per 100,000
registered vehicles, followed by compact pickup trucks at
16.87, subcompact cars at 16.85 and midsize SUVs at 16.16.
Large vans had the lowest occupant fatality rate at 9.34.
Among vehicles that rolled over, midsize SUVs had an
occupant fatality rate of 9.86 followed by full-size SUVs at
7.92 while full-size cars had the lowest occupant fatality
rate at 2.47 fatalities per 100,000 vehicles.