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Today's SUVs Are Among the Safest Vehicles, Report Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- SUVs, once considered one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road for their propensity to roll over, have reversed their reputation. They are now much safer than they used to be, according to a new report released Thursday.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says drivers of today's SUVs are among the least likely to die in a crash, thanks in large part to the availability of electronic stability control, or ECS.  The computer sensor technology automatically controls braking when it detects skids, helping vehicles stay upright and keeping drivers on their intended path.

Now that SUVs are less likely to roll over, the IIHS points out that they are safer than smaller cars because their larger size and weight offers drivers greater protection in a crash.

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