Not all rental cars safe, USA TODAY analysis finds

Frequent business traveler Barry Maher avoids Chrysler PT Cruisers because "they seem so flimsy," but he otherwise doesn't consider safety ratings before choosing a rental car.

Though Maher's intuition may be sound — the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2010 PT Cruiser's protection against side and rear-end crashes as poor — he's like many travelers who rarely think about safety before driving off in a rental vehicle. Yet, many purchase their own cars based on safety.

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