Steve Wilson is a Cessna sales guy. That makes what he says a bit suspect. For the opposite end of manufacturer massaged data you can go to http://www.whycirrus.com
and get the interpretation below.
2007 US General Aviation Mishaps (NTSB)
US Registered Aircraft Mishaps/yr.(Fatal) (per 1,000 ac) Mishaps/tr. (per 1,000 ac)
Diamond (Single Engine)________899________________1.1_______________________7.8
All US-registered SE Aircraft 145,036________________1.5_______________________8.2
Piper PA-46 Malibu/Matrix______ 772_______________1.3______________________11.7
* Recent model C-172 have a somewhat worse record; C-182 a slightly better record
This is from Cirrus so take it with the proverbial grain of salt. Personally I hate comparisons based on aircraft numbers rather than hours flown. The numbers do show that both Diamond and Columbia aircraft are too few in number to generate good statistics. Just one fatal accident will kick their numbers around drastically.
Other random thoughts are that, accident rate tends to track landing kinetic energy i.e. weight times stall speed. I believe that the Diamond aircraft have, in reality. a better safety record than the Cirrus aircraft. They stall at a lot lower speed. The correct comparison for the SR22 is the A36. I believe the A36 is better designed to minimize runway loss of control due to larger tires and better damping of the gear. Otherwise it is a similar aircraft. BTW, Cirrus recently improved nose gear damping.
For fun look at http://flightaware.com/live/aircrafttype/
. This will show how many planes of a given type are in the system. The SR22 is a trip plane and so is the A36. Since it is getting late there aren't a lot of planes up but the numbers at the moment are:
Now you know why you hear so many SR22's on the air. There are a lot out there. As a result I would expect more SR22 accidents per year than Mooney, C210 or BE36. Have fun and look for yourself. Searching the NTSB database for fatal crashes, US only, from 1/1/2010 to 1/1/2011 I get
BE36 6 (possibly 7 since one G35? listed)
Now I have no idea why 5 is the magic number. Also, the count for Cirrus is, I believe, incorrect. However, I am assuming the same entry requirements exist for all aircraft. Be sure to just search on Beech or Cirrus since, for example, you will see A36, G36, BE36 as entries. Similarly there is SR22 and SR-22 and SR 22.
Looking at the data above I don't see an issue with the SR22. It appears that similar aircraft have similar accident rates. Could it be that pilot error dominates over any aircraft safety differences? Actually, the Flightaware numbers make the SR22 look good. If chute pulls were counted as fatals the data might be closer to the other aircraft.
Full disclosure: I currently own a Cirrus SR22. I have over 800 hours in type with hours also in C172, C182, PA28, and limited hours in several other types. I have approximately 1100 hours total. I do not consider the SR22 a perfect plane and there are things I do not like about it. At present, I do think it is an excellent used aircraft buy if what you want is a trip plane. A back country plane it is not.
Finally, sorry for the crappy formatting. I tried but I don't know how to do tables.