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Slow crashes called preventable

Associated Press / July 20, 2011

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WASHINGTON - Technology may be providing a cure for that bane of commuters, the rear-end collision in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance industry group, said 2010 Volvo XC60s outfitted with a collision-avoidance feature called City Safety were far less likely to be involved in low-speed, front-to-rear crashes than mid-size SUVs without the system.

Insurance claims were filed 27 percent less often for the XC60 than for comparable vehicles. Bodily injury claims were 51 percent less frequent.

Automakers have been offering systems to prevent high-speed collisions for several years. But City Safety is the first to address crashes at speeds of less than 20 miles per hour.