The NHTSA Administrator David Strickland announced that the company plans to revise its five-star crash safety program and add new tests for vehicles.
The five-star crash safety program currently relies on the frontal crash test, to determine how well a car’s passengers would fare in a head-on crash. Strickland said NHTSA engineers are now analyzing ‘small overlap’ crashes, when a corner of the front bumper hits an object, and oblique crashes, when the vehicle hits an object at an angle. The ‘small overlap’ test, which is similar with the one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, will replicate the small-overlap crashes in a realistic way. By adding more tests, it will be harder for automakers to earn the five-star rating.
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