Recent SUV Models Safer, Report Says

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a list of vehicles with the lowest and highest driver death rates.

Today's report shows SUVs - model years 2005 to 2008 - have about half the crash fatality rates as smaller cars like the Ford Edge.

It's a big change for the vehicles which were once known for their high rollover rates.  Researchers with the IIHS say the required installation of electronic stability control is making them safer. The news isn't nearly as good for drivers of smaller cars. The report says the vehicles have the highest driver death rates.

For future car buyers, the report recommends doing your research.  That includes looking for a vehicle with a good crash worthiness rating, anti-rollover technology and side air bags.