How safe do you feel in an American car?

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On CBS’s 60 Minutes this past Sunday, crotchety commentator Andy Rooney pondered those long-ago days when it seemed everybody in America bought a Ford. Well, here’s at least one reason why the Big Three automakers are lagging behind their overseas counterparts: safety. An auto-insurance trade organization has drummed up a list of the safest automobile models, and Honda, Subaru (part-owned by GM) and Audi vehicles fill eight of the top 13 slots. The other five are also foreign models: Saab, Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo. Maybe memories of this car still haunt the auto-buying public.

—Posted by Kathleen Sampey