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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
NHTSA Will Test Select 2007 Model Year Vehicles For Crash and Rollover Testing
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that as part of the agency's annual consumer safety ratings program, beginning with the 2007 model year, a total of 38 passenger cars, 40 sport utility vehicles, three vans, and five pickups will undergo crash and rollover testing.
The NHTSA's test results will give consumers access to frontal crash ratings for nearly 84 percent of all 2007 models available for purchase in the United States. Side crash test scores will be available for nearly 70 percent of the class of 2007 passenger vehicles.
In addition, the NHTSA will also test 15 passenger cars, 24 sport utility vehicles, two vans, and four pickups for resistance to rollovers. Rollover ratings for approximately 85 percent of the 2007 model year passenger vehicle fleet will eventually become available.
The NHTSA has also posted the crash test results and rollover ratings on their www.safercar.gov Web Site for a number of carry-over vehicles — i.e. 2006 model year cars and trucks that have not experienced significant design changes.
The NHTSA makes it easy to compare the predicted safety performance of tested vehicles by using a consumer-friendly one-to-five star ratings system. This crucial information will be posted on new car window stickers commencing in September 2007.
The ratings for the 2007 models, and earlier years, can be found at www.safercar.gov. The ratings are also available by calling NHTSA's toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline, (888) 327-4236.
The National Safety Commission recommends The Driver Education Handbook for Parents as a valuable teaching tool for parents who are concerned with their teen's driving safety and understand the value of quality instruction.