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NHTSA's Proposed Updates to its 5-Star Crash Ratings

This 195-page proposal announced in December 2015 describes changes in the way the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests and rates U.S. passenger vehicles for crashworthiness and safety.

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This 195-page proposal announced in December 2015 describes changes in the way the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests and rates U.S. passenger vehicles for crashworthiness and safety.

The agency proposes introducing new crash protocols, credit vehicles with electronic stability controls and introduce a new "crash avoidance" rating that evaluates such technologies as automatic braking, lane departure and blind spot warnings, forward collision alerts and advanced headlamp beam controls.

The agency also aims to collect data using two types of more advanced crash test dummies. The proposed changes would take effect with 2019-model vehicles.

 

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