Consumers Urged To Pay Attention To Auto Safety Ratings

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Several news agencies have been reporting that, when consumers are looking into purchasing new vehicles, they tend to check the new car’s window stickers offering car safety ratings, however, what’s stated in these labels are not usually understood by all.

Car makers have been focusing on manufacturing safer cars in the last couple of years but the reason behind this is that federal agencies have been testing these vehicles to make sure the industry is being pushed to develop better and more reliable vehicles equipped with enough safety features to prevent injuries in the event of an accident.

According to experts, some consumers may have a hard time understanding the main difference between 4 stars and 5 stars ratings, especially when it comes to rollover test ratings. The reports show that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test all models of vehicles available in the country. Crash tests performed by both agencies are made available to the public in order to alert potential consumers of the risks associated with certain vehicles if involved in accidents.

Window stickers on new vehicles show ratings of accident tests performed by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency gives vehicles star ratings.

All vehicles available in the United States, be it a small compact or a truck, must meet rigorous safety standards before they are made available to the public. The crash testings have become tougher in the last couple of years, especially with the 2011 models. According to recent articles, some 2011 models have safety ratings that dropped in comparison to their 2010 versions, which may have occurred because the safety tests implemented by the NHTSA have become tougher.

IIHS gives cars “poor” or “good” ratings and the results of their testings can be found in the agency’s website. According to some experts, SUV rollover tests may result in three-star ratings, which should be something consumers must take into consideration when purchasing a larger vehicle. Specialists believe that many of the newer SUV models haven’t been tested or rated under the new safety system. Consumers are urged to do their research before they make their mind and choose a vehicle that may not be as safe as they expected basing their assumptions on older safety ratings.

If you would like to learn more about car safety ratings and how you should use these ratings to know more about how safe your vehicle actually is, click here to read more.

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