DETROIT (AP) - The U-S insurance industry has released its list of the 13 safest cars -- and none of them are from the U-S.
An industry official says that's mostly because American automakers aren't making cars with electronic stability control, which keeps vehicles stable in emergencies. And the technology is a new requirement in ranking vehicles for safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring electronic stability control in all new cars by 2012. But insurance industry officials say that's not soon enough.
Studies are said to show that up to ten-thousand crashes could be prevented each year if every vehicle had the technology. The cars on the list are all by foreign manufacturers, and ranked highest in protecting people in front, rear and side crash tests.
The 13 Safest Cars:
(according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
*Subaru B-9 Tribeca