NHTSA Revises Crash Standards to Thwart 5-Star Crash Ratings
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland has announced that the agency 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 vehicle's passengers would fare in a head-on crash.
Strickland announced that 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 to the test utilized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 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.