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NHTSA Announces Testing Lineup For New 5-Star Safety Rating

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NHTSA Announces Testing Lineup For New 5-Star Safety Rating

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the lineup of model-year 2011 vehicles that will receive ratings under the agency's tougher 5-star safety program. Results of the 55 vehicles being tested under NHTSA's new 5-star safety ratings will be posted on the agency's website, www.safercar.gov. Since the testing criteria has changed, the new safety ratings will not be comparable to previous ratings.

In all, 24 passenger cars, 20 sport utility vehicles, two vans and nine 2011 model year pickups will be rated under the new system that not only includes tougher crash tests, but provides consumers with a single overall safety score per vehicle. The new testing program will provide consumers with information about new advanced crash-avoidance technologies, such as lane departure and forward-collision warning systems.

"The vehicles we are announcing today will be the first ones tested under the department's tougher, more rigorous 5-star ratings program," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explained. "This new testing program significantly raises the safety bar for all vehicle manufacturers and will provide consumers with a great deal more safety information about the cars and trucks they want to buy."

Here is NHTSA's list of the 2011 makes and models selected for testing:

Passenger Cars

BMW 5 Series

Dodge Caliber

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fusion

Ford Taurus

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Lucerne

Honda Accord

Honda Civic

Hyundai Sonata

Kia Forte

Kia Optima

Mazda Mazda3

Infiniti M37

Nissan Altima

Nissan Sentra

Nissan Versa

Toyota Camry

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Prius

Audi A4

Volkswagen Jetta

Vans

Honda Odyssey

Toyota Sienna

SUVs

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Edge

Ford Escape

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Equinox

Acura MDX

Honda CR-V

Honda Pilot

Kia Sorento

Kia Soul

Nissan Murano

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Subaru Outback

Lexus RX350

Toyota Highlander

Toyota RAV4

Toyota Venza

Volvo XC60

Pickup Trucks

Ram 1500 Crew Cab

Ram 1500 Quad Cab

Ford F-150 Super Cab

Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab

Ford Ranger Extended Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Toyota Tundra Double Cab

link:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/strategies/2010/07/nhtsa-announces-testing-lineup-for-new-5-star-safety-rating.html?mktcat=enabler&AID=10364102&PID=3193616&kw=N&synpartner=edmunds&mktid=cj260233

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NHTSA releases new crash test details

By Mark Kleis

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced the lineup of 2011 model year vehicles that will be the first to receive new safety ratings under the safety agency’s all-new 5-star safety ratings program.

NHTSA says that the new safety test is intended to eventually make the comparison of different vehicles easier for consumers, although some initial confuse may result since the 2011 test’s results are said to not be comparable to previous year’s test results.

“The vehicles we are announcing today will be the first ones tested under the Department’s tougher, more rigorous 5-star ratings program,” said secretary Ray LaHood. “This new testing program significantly raises the safety bar for all vehicle manufacturers and will provide consumers with a great deal more safety information about the cars and trucks they want to buy.”

NHTSA says that its well-known 5-star crash testing program has been the gold standard by which consumers have come to relate safety of vehicles, and the safety administration hopes that the new test will help to provide an even more accurate depiction of total vehicle safety.

One key change to the crash test is the addition of criterion regarding crash avoidance technology, as opposed to simply focusing on crash survivability.

The list includes a total of 55 vehicles with a wide range of makes and models.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/nhtsa-releases-new-crash-test-details.html

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Croc    268

Wait, the presence of lane-departure warnings and crash warnings counts now? Does it count AGAINST those cars that don't have it?

I'm sorry, but in California, Texas, and many other states have something called Bott's Dots that do a damn good job of telling you you're about to depart lanes.

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Intrepidation    848

Really, almost all new cars are safe enough now. People will kill themselves no matter what via reckless driving. There's no way around it. I'm starting to think they are coming up with these new mandates and such just so they have something to do now, since most cars pass the tests these days.

How about instead of more and more mandates for more and more safety equipment to make our cars weigh more and more, they work on mandating driver's ed, make offenses caused by reckless driving have stronger punishments, and make the driver's tests harder. Making people more educated and intelligent about driving, and making the punishments for reckless driving tougher is a better way to make the roads safer than 7,000 sensors and 8 tons of safety equipment.

:2cents:

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