NHTSA to Change Its Car Safety Ratings

When it comes to purchasing a new car, consumers should always make sure to check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the models’ car safety ratings before they make up their minds.

Unfortunately for many of us, info concerning a particular model and its safety ratings is not made well known to consumers across the country. Lack of details concerning these matters make drivers purchasing unsafe cars more likely. To change that, some experts believe that safety ratings of all newer models should be made available more freely so that more people can be reached.

According to a series of news reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be promoting a change to its five-star New Car Assessment Program that would help to make these ratings available to drivers more widely. The reports show that the federal agency will be adding more information on new vehicle stickers regarding the presence of automatic braking systems. Vehicles that come with these new stickers would be many consumers’ safest bet considering many are now looking for new cars that can offer high tech crash avoidance technology.

While these new labels could help consumers to make up their minds about what cars they want to drive, the agency is still unsure whether it would be prudent to require all new vehicles to fit crash avoidance features like the automatic braking system.

Since 2013, the agency has been working on changing its auto safety testing program. While options regarding new requirements are still being reviewed, announcements regarding the new rating system rules should be made sometime today. What consumers can expect from the new NHTSA system is that innovation has finally arrived at the NHTSA, insiders say. Things will get better for drivers all across the country once the new system is launched.

When it comes to newer vehicles, car safety, and crash avoidance technology, automakers have been developing new car safety technologies that keep drivers and their passengers safe by avoiding accidents altogether. Some of these technologies are the automatic braking and lane departure systems. The addition of sensors to newer vehicles helps these systems to work in a way that make accidents less likely to occur. Experts say that while that’s a great step for car safety, the addition of these sensors to all vehicles could push the cost up.

If you’re curious to know more about how the NHTSA wants to change its car safety ratings, follow this link.


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