Car Injury Statistics

Also see: Car Crash Report and Car Death Report

Since 1996, American car owners have reported 43,595 car injuries to the U.S. Department of Transportation for vehicles built by the 31 automakers that we track. The car injuries that we study in this article are results of car problems. Table 1 shows the most common car problems that caused the injuries since year 1996. Table 2 shows the number of car injuries reported each year due to these car problems. Table 3 shows the number of car injuries by production year.

Common causes of car injuries

Table 1 shows the most common car problems that caused car injuries. The number one cause of car injuries is failure of the air bags. The next two leading causes of car injuries are vehicle speed control and hydraulic service brakes, respectively.

Table 1. Common causes of car injuries

Car Problem Category Number of Car Injuries
  Air Bags
17,748
  Vehicle Speed Control
3,071
  Hydraulic Service Brakes
2,881
  Structure
2,824
  Seat Belts
2,187
  Steering
1,926
  Power Train
1,911
  Seats
1,720
  Electrical System
1,529
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,489
  Equipment
1,291
  Suspension
924
  Tires
891
  Visibility
572
  Latches/locks/linkages
505
  Wheels
421
  Unknown Or Other
331
  Gasoline Fuel System
322
  Other Fuel System
298
  Electronic Stability Control
256
  Exterior Lighting
226
  Parking Brake
100
  Air Service Brakes
79
  Child Seat
45
  Traction Control System
25
  Interior Lighting
12
  Diesel Fuel System
8
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Back Over Prevention
1
  Hybrid Propulsion System
1

Total number of car injuries by year

Table 2 shows the number of injuries reported each year since 1996. 2014 had the most injuries reported (3,397 injuries) and 1996 had the least injuries with 406 injuries reported.

Table 2. Total Number of injuries reported each year since 1996

Calendar Year Number of car Injuries
  1996
406
  1997
575
  1998
801
  1999
1,325
  2000
1,857
  2001
1,969
  2002
1,852
  2003
1,853
  2004
2,431
  2005
2,059
  2006
1,823
  2007
1,727
  2008
1,867
  2009
1,796
  2010
2,308
  2011
1,582
  2012
1,943
  2013
2,307
  2014
3,397
  2015
3,166
  2016
2,801
  2017
2,199
  2018
316

Total number of car injuries by model year

Table 3 shows the number of injuries reported for vehicles manufactured from year 1996 to 2018. Cars made in 2002 had the most injuries with 3,127 injuries reported and cars produced in 2017 (current year is excluded) had the least injuries with 237 injuries reported.

Table 3. Total Number of injuries reported for vehicles built since 1996

Production Year Number of Injuries
1996 vehicles
2,206
1997 vehicles
2,180
1998 vehicles
2,265
1999 vehicles
2,701
2000 vehicles
3,034
2001 vehicles
2,978
2002 vehicles
3,127
2003 vehicles
2,842
2004 vehicles
2,888
2005 vehicles
2,736
2006 vehicles
2,494
2007 vehicles
2,600
2008 vehicles
2,046
2009 vehicles
1,335
2010 vehicles
1,395
2011 vehicles
1,338
2012 vehicles
1,321
2013 vehicles
1,279
2014 vehicles
1,123
2015 vehicles
852
2016 vehicles
479
2017 vehicles
237
2018 vehicles
20

Also see: Car Crash Report and Car Death Report