NHTSA delays changes to crash-rating program

  • 29-Dec-2008 11:04 EST

The U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is delaying by one year implementation of a major upgrade to its light-vehicle crash-rating program. Changes to the agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) will take effect for MY2011 instead of MY2010. Included in the upgrade will be institution of an overall car rating combining the scores of the three tests that make up the NCAP as currently constituted. Those three tests are a frontal collision, a side impact, and a rollover. Another major change is adoption of a pole test to go along with the current movable barrier test that is used to assess the level of protection provided in side impacts. Also, a rating system will be developed to assess the level of advanced safety technologies, such as electronic stability control, that a car possesses.

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