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From RAC link

It seems that the European safety council want to ban these in urban area's to save lives... Despite these being some of the safest cars on the road, for both drivers & pedestrians.

“Three design factors influence more severe collisions: SUVs and vans are stiffer, they have higher bumpers and are heavier.
 

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Bit slow to read this but I saw something similar a few years back so designs have probably changed. One of the conclusions in the 'study' was that with SUV's at the time, pedestrians/cyclists were no longer receiving the cushioning effect of the bonnet/screen. Due to the frontal height, humans take the force of impact straight on, in many cases going under the vehicle, as oppose to over and onto the more cushioned bonnet area. It pointed out that with traditional cars, children are impacted at hip to chest height whereas with the SUV'S tested, that changed to chest/head trauma.
 
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