Not Only Are They Gas-Guzzlers….


….they’re not very safe either, according to this MSN report.

The seat of a sport-utility vehicle or a pickup truck isn’t necessarily the best place to be in a rear-end crash. Despite the considerable weight and size of these kinds of vehicles that convey a sense of safety, more than one third of 59 SUVs analyzed by an insurance industry group had seatback and head restraint combinations that rated only “poor” for proper head and neck support. This means that passengers in those seats could be at higher risk for whiplash injury.

Which I knew, but plenty of people continue to believe that their families (and kids especially) are safer in behemoth vehicles. The roll-over factor makes them less-safe too. After rolling into a river in a Nissan XTerra, I’m proof-positive that’s just not true. (Yes, I was fine, mostly because I was wearing my seatbelt!)

Wait, why are so many people driving them? Because someone convinced us they were cool, right? Hey, I had one (that I totalled, as mentioned above) six years ago and I thought it was the best. Convincing people that SUV’s are NOT cool is the reason I wrote this editorial on why fashion is actually important. And now we have lots of crash data to back us up even more.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.