Jump in Sales of Used SUVs

The New York Times reports that retail prices for five-year-old full-size S.U.V.’s are 23 percent higher than a year ago, according to Edmunds.com, an automotive information Web site. That is more than double the average price increase of 11 percent for all five-year-old vehicles. Prices for three-year-old S.U.V.’s are up 6 percent, triple the 2 percent average increase for all vehicles that age.  However, auto safety experts fear that used SUVs, driven by younger, less skilled drivers and less well maintained than new vehicles may cause even higher rates of driver and pedestrian injuries and fatalities than new SUVs, illustrating the long shadow of an environmentally destructive product.