Safety concerns plague small-car market

While the federal government is pushing for stricter fuel-efficiency standards, many drivers worry that the most fuel-efficient cars simply aren't safe because they're small and made from lightweight materials. Experts say one possible solution is to put fewer heavyweight SUVs on the road, since heavier cars present the biggest risk for drivers of all other models. Another possibility to focus on improving the mileage of midsize cars that are seen as less of a safety risk.

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