PART ONE: The first two sentences of an article in the New York Times questioned the validity of auto safety ratings:
“One way of reading the new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is that the Mercedes E-Call sedan has teh safest design of any care or truck and the two-door Chevrolet Blazer the worst. Anotehr way to read the report, to be released Tuesday, is that E-Class drivers tend to drive mroe carefully than Blazer driver.” (Hakim, Danny. 2005. “Is the Car Unsafe, or the Driver?” New York Times, 15 March, page C1).
Certain makes and models were consistently rated especially safe or unsafe based on the frequency and value of insurance claims. But Hakim suggests that the design, features, and marketing of different kinds of cars might attract buyers who are especially safe or unsafe drivers. This story is based on annual ratings of collision, injury, and theft claims compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
Do this: Make a list of three vehicles you think might be rated high on safety, and three that you think might be rated low. Check the HLDI ratings and see how well you did.
Here are some additional sites you can access to do you analysis of car/vehicle safety.
It’s actually good to do a bit of additional research on this topic… we are a research group here. You might find other sites, and if you do, please include those. We could have some really good data on this topic!!
Also, try to articulate other reasons that safety ratings might turn out as they do.
Do you think this will change the way you approach your future vehicle purchases?
PART 2: Read chapters 4 – 7 of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Shyphillis Experiments. Cite three things from your reading that made a strong impression on you and discuss them here