NHTSA’s New Five Star Rating System for Safe Vehicles

For drivers in the market for a safe vehicle, the government has just released the results of the updated 5-Star Safety Ratings System for crashworthiness, and the BMW 5 Series and the Hyundai Sonata, built after July 2, topped the list, according to Consumer Reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) looked at 55 vehicles altogether, though only the ratings for 33 cars have been released so far. Among the other vehicles tested, 28 earned 4-Stars.

This new stricter system for testing crashworthiness differs from the system used in the past, where nearly all models received five stars. Under the new system, the Toyota Camry slipped from five stars to three stars in crash tests and rollover.

NHTSA took a tougher look at the front and side crash resistance as well as how the vehicles responded in a rollover. Crash test dummies were used in the new test as were the results of crashing into a pole.

Farah & Farah recommend if you are in the market for a new vehicle, look into the newer crash avoidance technologies which include a forward collision warning system, electronic stability control or ESC, and a lane departure warning. By the 2012 model year, all vehicles will be equipped with electronic stability control.

Check out the list of cars at this website, www.safercar.gov.

A vehicle with added safety features may mean the difference between a passenger who stays safe inside a vehicle involved in a Florida car crash or someone who is ejected from the car or suffers injuries from hitting the dashboard or the roof.

Farah & Farah’s Florida personal injury attorneys understand how to present a case when the vehicle is not crashworthy. Defects in the vehicle that could lead to serious injury and death may include a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn.