Highway Safety study says size matters when it comes to safety

Highway Safety study says size matters when it comes to safety

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Are you driving one of the most deadly cars in America?

A study by the Insurance for Highway Safety says size matters when it comes to safety.

It's tax season, and a high speed time for selling cars at City Auto in Memphis.

"This is one of our busiest times of year. A lot of folks get a down payment together," said City Auto General Manager William Brigance.

First-time buyer Kuturah Jackson is looking to purchase her dream car.

"Hopefully I'm getting the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro," noted Jackson.

But according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Camaros are the sixth model with the highest death rate.

The institute says the smallest, lightest cars are the most deadly. The Hyundai Accent, Honda Civic two-door and Ford focus make the top 10.

The Nissan Versa also made the list but according to dealers, it's not just the size of the car that makes it risky. It's also the person behind the wheel.

Although Brigance agrees with many findings of the study, he says compact cars are at their safest.

"They have more airbags in them, anti-lock brakes came around, and restraint systems are different," added Brigance. "There are different sensors for accidents."

For Jackson, the study is making no difference.

"I'm still going for it," added the first-time buyer.

For a list of the top 10 deadliest cars and the top 10 safest cars, click here.