DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- When consumers head to the showroom to buy a car, safety is one of their top concerns. The recent Toyota ( TM) recalls have made new-car buyers even more aware of vehicle safety.Consumer Reports recently released new safety ratings for cars based on in-house tests and research by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The groups examined a car's ability to withstand crashes and rollovers and analyzed their emergency handling and braking systems. Carmakers have been developing new technology to help drivers avoid collisions and survive the ones that are unavoidable. While Consumer Reports' evaluations clearly show an increase in safety features across the board, some vehicles still ranked in the "acceptable" and "poor" categories. Here are some of the best and worst car models for safety.