How Vehicle Safety Ratings Work

car-safety-ratingIn order to determine the safety of a vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues a rating based the results of a battery of tests the organization performs on every car before it is sold in the United States. Car safety ratings tell consumers that the vehicle they are interested in purchasing has gotten a seal of approval from the NHTSA, an objective authority in the automotive industry.

The NHTSA chooses to rate vehicles that are predicted to have a high sales volume for the coming year and the organization purchases vehicles from dealerships to begin the testing process. The NHTSA is not able to rate every model of vehicle on the market, but all vehicles are required to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

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Procedures for 5-Star Safety Rating

The NHTSA performs several different tests to reach an overall rating for a vehicle. The primary aspects of safety the organization tests for include the frontal crash, the side barrier crash and the side pole crash.

Below is a breakdown of what the NHTSA looks for when conducting these tests:

  • Frontal crash: Crash test dummies are placed in the front seats, representing a larger and a smaller person. Seatbelts are fastened and the vehicle is driven into a barrier at approximately 35 mph. Force of impact to the dummies heads, necks, chest, pelvis, and legs are assessed.
  • Side barrier crash: Seatbelts are secured on two dummies and trauma to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis is assessed with instruments to measure the force of impact of a side barrier at approximately 38.5 mph.
  • Side pole crash: NHTSA combines the ratings of the driver’s side frontal crash test and the driver’s side barrier crash test to achieve the side pole crash rating.

Vehicles are subsequently rated on a scale of 1-5, with a higher rating representing a safer vehicle. It is important to note that private organizations do issue safety ratings, but the NHTSA rating is the most reliable and trusted industry standard of any organization.

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