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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Upgraded 5-Star Vehicle Safety Ratings System

In WASHINGTON on October 5th U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland revealed an improved 5-Star Safety Ratings System for new vehicles and also they released the safety ratings for the first model year 2011 vehicles tested under the program.

The advance ratings system will now evaluate side pole crash testing and crash prevention-technologies. And, for the first time, it will use female crash test dummies to simulate crash scenarios involving women, not just men.



“More stars equal safer cars,” said Secretary LaHood. “With our upgraded Five-Star Safety Ratings System, we are raising the bar on safety. Through new tests, better crash data and higher standards, we are making the safety ratings tougher and more meaningful for consumers.”

Vehicle safety ratings ranges from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 star being the lowest and 5 stars being the highest. In the old criteria, many vehicles had reached the highest rating criteria whereas this rating criterion is more accurate which may lead even the previously rated 5-star vehicles not remain the same.

The new 5-Star Safety Ratings System looks for the safety of passenger cars, SUVs, vans and pickup trucks in three broad areas namely

  • Frontal crash

  • Side crash

  • Rollover resistance

For model year 2011, NHTSA will rate 24 passenger cars, 20 sport utility vehicles, two vans and nine pickups under the new ratings system.

“We want consumers to embrace these new safety technologies as a way to make vehicles safer,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland. “We believe electronic stability control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning offer significant safety benefits and consumers should consider them when buying a new car.”

One of the most significant changes to the ratings program for consumers is the addition of an Overall Vehicle Score for each vehicle tested. The Overall Vehicle Score combines the results of a frontal crash test, side crash tests and rollover resistance tests and compares those results to the average risk of injury and potential for vehicle rollover of other vehicles.

NHTSA recommends consumers to consider vehicles with crash avoidance technologies that meet the 5-Star Safety Ratings minimum performance tests, such as

  • Forward collision warning (FCW)

  • Lane departure warning (LDW)

  • Electronic stability control (ESC)

All of the 2011 model year vehicles currently rated haves ESC as standard, except for the Nissan Versa, in which ESC is optional.

More information including the full list of newly-rated vehicles is available at the official website for the Federal government’s 5-Star Safety Ratings Program

MakeModelOverall Frontal Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Rollover Rating
Overall Vehicle Score
AudiA4 Avant Wagon
4
5
5
4
AudiA4 FWD
4
5
5
4
AudiS4 FWD
4
5
5
4
BMW5 Series 4 DR RWD
4
5
5
5
CadillacEscalade 4WD
5
5
3
4
CadillacEscalade Hybrid 4WD
5
5
3
4
CadillacEscalade RWD
5
5
3
4
CadillacEscalde Hybrid RWD
5
5
3
4
ChevroletMalibu FWD
4
5
4
4
ChevroletTahoe 4WD
5
5
3
4
ChevroletTahoe RWD
5
5
3
4
FordFiesta
4
5
4
4
FordTaurus AWD
4
5
4
4
FordTaurus FWD
4
5
4
4
GMCYukon RWD
5
5
3
4
GMCYukon 4WD
5
5
3
4
HondaPilot 4WD
4
5
4
4
HondaPilot FWD
4
5
4
4
HyundaiSonata (early release)
3
5
5
4
HyundaiSonata (later release)
4
5
5
5
InfinitiM37
4
5
4
4
InfinitiM56
4
5
4
4
JeepGrand Cherokee 4WD
4
5
4
4
JeepGrand Cherokee RWD
4
5
3
4
KiaSorento AWD
4
4
4
4
KiaSorento FWD
4
4
4
4
NissanVersa
3
2
4
2
SubaruLegacy
4
4
5
4
SubaruOutback
4
4
4
4
ToyotaCamry
3
3
4
3
ToyotaCamry HV
3
3
4
3
ToyotaSienna AWD
3
5
4
4
ToyotaSienna FWD
3
5
4
4

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 10:53 PM permanent link  

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