List of safest cars: Chances of dying in car crash dropped drastically

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The chances of dying in a late-model car fell by more than one-third over the past three years, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Nine newer vehicles, including the Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander reported zero deaths.

Improved vehicle designs and safety technology have a lot to do with the reduced risk, the institute said. But a weak economy that led to reductions in driving may also have played a role, it said.

For a list of the safest cars, click here.