In a move that is sure to increase auto safety for Americans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it will soon launch its new auto testing and rating program.Several 2011 models will be tested using these tougher testing standards. The agency will begin testing about 55 models, including some American favorites like the Honda Odyssey, the Ford Fusion and Taurus, and the Chevrolet Cruze.
Under the new testing system, cars will be tested against each other, and not against a standard performance bar.In the old system, far too many cars were able to meet the standards, and obtain a five-star rating.In the new system, vehicles will have to compete with each other to get the five-star rating, and there will be far fewer vehicles that actually meet the new standards.Several cars that currently enjoy a five-star rating could find their rating drop to a two-star one, once the testing program is implemented.
The new testing program will include a pole test and a female crash test dummy in the front passenger seat.The tests will result in a single overall safety score.For the first time, the rating will also contain information about any additional safety features the car contains, like lane departure systems and forward collision warning systems.With this rating system, consumers will find it easier to buy cars that not only prevent accidents, but also protect them in the event of an accident.
As Atlanta auto accident lawyers, we know that safer cars have been a major factor in the drop in accident fatalities over the past decade.Cars in 2010 are much, much safer than they were back in the 1970’s.The new rigorous testing standards will help protect motorists and occupants, and minimize those fatality rates further.