WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2012)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will test a total of 54 vehicles—including 33 passenger cars, 16 sport-utility vehicles, one van and four pickup trucks—for its 2013 5-Star Safety Ratings Program, the agency said.
The vehicles will undergo both crash and rollover testing, NHTSA said. The crash test results will provide up-to-date safety information for 85 percent of all model year 2013 vehicles, while the rollover tests will represent 92 percent of that model year, it said.
NHTSA established its vehicle safety ratings system, the first in the world, in 1978, the agency said. It updated the program for model year 2011, adding an overall rating, a new pole test for side crashes and improved crash test dummies including small-statured dummies representing women passengers.
“Safety is a major factor for consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “For American car buyers, our 5-Star ratings program serves as one of the most trusted and reliable sources to help them select the safest vehicles in the marketplace.”
As the vehicles are tested, the results will be posted online, NHTSA said. A number of model year 2013 vehicles have carryover designs from 2012, and crash test results for those vehicles can already be found at www.safercar.gov.