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What is the safest SUV/Crossover vehicle to have for a toddler?

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Sarah, Thank you for your question. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2007 Top Safety Picks for SUVs (they include crossovers in this category) are as follows: Small SUVs Honda CR-V Subaru Forester (with optional electronic stability control) MidSize/Luxury SUVs Acura MDX Acura RDX Ford Edge Ford Taurus X Honda Pilot Hyundai Santa Fe Lincoln MKX Mercedes M class Subaru B9 Tribeca Volvo XC90 The IIHS bases these findings off certain criteria. Top Safety Pick 2007 criteria The Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The first requirement for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick is to earn good ratings in all three Institute tests. A new requirement for 2007 is that the winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control. This addition is based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers. This was found here: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx You can find ratings for all SUVs on their site. For ratings of all Luxury SUV/CUV: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/summary.aspx?class=50 For ratings of all MidSize SUV/CUV: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/summary.aspx?class=55 For ratings of all Small SUV/CUV: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/summary.aspx?class=58 I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions.

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