Where Consumers Must Go For Safety Rating Info

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Several consumers are still unsure of how they can research a car’s safety rating before choosing to purchase it, according to a series of news agencies.

According to a recent report, consumers may have a better grasp of a car’s safety rating by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test results and how well all different models of vehicles do in these tests. During the 2012 model year testings, 72 vehicles participated in these crash tests. This number represents about 81 percent of all 2012 model-year vehicles available in the United States.

According to some of the researchers looking into safety and crash test ratings, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also promotes crash tests. This agency, that is entirely funded by auto insurance companies, makes its own ratings available to all consumers. Since the tests are different, the results are also different. Consumers who are really interested in learning more about a car’s safety ratings should look into both ratings and crash tests before making a decision. However, specialists say that not all vehicles available on the market are tested by the agencies.

Usually, volume sellers are the vehicles mostly tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles a list of the best rated in the agency’s crash tests yearly. The NHTSA’s Five-Star safety rating list can be also used by consumers who are looking into purchasing a new vehicle.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also releases a special listing including information on individual vehicles and how well they did by checking the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation.

Despite the method you choose to use to make sure your vehicle is safe for you and your family, experts urge you to make an extensive research before arriving at a conclusion.

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