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Lighter, more fuel-efficient cars are safer, study says, ignoring safety rules

John Voelcker May 8, 2017 Follow John Add to circle 2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test Enlarge Photo It was one of several common tropes used 10 years ago against proposed regulations to boost average fuel economy. "More efficient cars will have to be lighter-weight, and they'll be unsafe because in accidents, they'll crumple up like Kleenex." Logical conclusion: if you require higher fuel economy in cars, more people will die in crashes. DON'T MISS: BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings Now a new study purports to show that's not true, using data to prove it. Unfortunately, the analysis is flawed. It was never going to be true, frankly: crash safety is now so important to buyers that substandard ratings can severely affect a car's sales potential. All automakers go to great efforts to get top marks on crash-safety tests conducted by the NHTSA ...

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