Changes to Crash Test Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announces new vehicle crash-testing rating standards. One change will be a “smarter” dummy – crash – test dummy. It’s neck mimic’s head movement more accurately, and its mid-section responds to the seatbelt. The tests will also examine new kinds of crashes. Such as those in which a car is struck at an angle rather than head on or T-boned. Current tests look at frontal, side and rollover crashes. Vehicles will also be rated on crash avoidance features and safety for pedestrians hit in an accident. The changes take effect in 2018 and 2019 models.


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