vehicles had the highest and lowest driver death rates from 2002 through 2005, the Associated Press reported, citing a study released by the insurance industry.
The study of 202 passenger vehicle models included rates of driver deaths in all crashes rates in multiple-vehicle, single-vehicle, and single-vehicle rollover crashes for the period.
Two-door, two-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazers built from 2001 to 2004 had the highest rate of 232 driver deaths per million registered vehicles during the four-year span, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found.
By contrast, the Chevrolet Astro minivan had the lowest rate with only seven deaths per million registered vehicles. It was followed by the , BMW 7 Series and the Toyota 4Runner.
The two-door Acura RSX had the second-highest rate with 202 driver deaths followed by the Nissan 350Z, which registered 193 deaths.
The Astro and Blazer went out of production in 2005. GM currently sells the midsize SUV.
The institute found that the average death rate for all vehicles has declined from 110 from 1990 to 1994 to the current rate of 79 for the 2002-2005 period.
"This is a big improvement over time. The rates have gone down about 30 percent since the mid-1990s," said Anne McCartt, the institute's senior vice president for research.