NHTSA Proposes Overhaul of 5-Star Safety Ratings

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 11, 2015 in Car Accidents

safety rating changesThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is raising the bar on safety with the recent announcement of drastic changes to the 5-Star Safety Ratings system. The safety regulator is placing a new focus on safety through technology with the addition of several new proposals for crash-test rating criteria.

The new system is set to go into effect for 2019 model year vehicles and will focus on three main areas: crash worthiness, pedestrian safety and the implementation of crash avoidance technology. The agency will also move to the use of half-star increments to better differentiate between vehicle performances.

Improved Crash Tests

A new crash test will include the addition of oblique frontal crashes in an effort to address the most dangerous type of frontal accident. The crash is meant to replicate a crash scenario in which an oncoming vehicle has crossed over the center lane.

A brand new crash test dummy will also be able to provide improved data on the effects of a car accident on passengers. The dummy more closely mimics a human body in its flexibility and bendable neck.

Pedestrian Focus

As pedestrian accidents continue to rise, the NHTSA has placed a new focus on the ability of vehicles to cause less injury in the case of an accident. A new test will measure how well vehicles are able to protect pedestrians from head, pelvic and leg injuries.

The program will also take into account whether or not a vehicle has pedestrian crash avoidance technology.

High-Tech Upgrades

The most significant change for the new safety system is its focus on the integration of new advanced crash-avoidance technology. The recommended safety features will include forward and rear-facing cameras, lane departure warnings, as well as forward collision warnings.

The proposal will also enable the system to be easily updated as new safety technologies emerge.

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