But hybrids aren’t safer for everyone.
The Washington Post reports,
People who invest in hybrid cars are significantly less likely to be injured in an accident because their heavy batteries make the vehicles safer than traditional cars, according to an insurance industry report released Thursday.
The average hybrid is 10 percent heavier than a traditional car of the same size, and the extra heft reduces the odds of being hurt in a crash by 25 percent, the report says.
According to a new report by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, occupants of hybrid vehicles are less likely to be hurt in a crash than people riding in conventional models. (Nov. 17)
“Saving at the pump no longer means you have to skimp on crash protection,” said Matt Moore, vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute and author of the report.
But the Post also reported:
In a separate analysis, the institute found that hybrids are 20 percent more likely to hit a pedestrian than noisier, conventional models.
“When hybrids operate in electric-only mode, pedestrians can’t hear them approaching,” Moore said, “so they might step out into the roadway without checking first to see what’s coming.”
Regardless of the above, the current generation of hybrids is failing withe the public.