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New Federal Auto Safety Rating System Takes Effect

10/07/2010

New Federal Auto Safety Rating System Takes Effect

By CHERYL JENSEN

On Tuesday morning, the federal government revealed details of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new 5-Star Safety Rating System and released new ratings for some of the most popular 2011 model-year vehicles. Of the 33 vehicles tested, only two received an overall rating of five stars, which is the best: the BMW 5 Series (4-door and rear-wheel-drive models) and the Hyundai Sonata built after July 2, 2010.

David Strickland, the agency's administrator, said he thought this group of vehicles performed "as expected." He added, "A number did not do as well as in past years, but the tests are more severe. As a whole, we think the new standards are fair, and they represent the most significant risks in crashes that passengers and drivers face."

The revamped system provides an overall ratings score to help make comparing vehicle safety easier. The score will combine findings from the frontal crash test and side crash test, as well as a new side-impact oblique pole and rollover test.

Read more:http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/new-federal-auto-safety-rating-system-takes-effect/


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