Understanding Your Vehicles Safety Rating Is A Good Thing

Safety has become more than an afterthought when deciding on which is the right vehicle to buy. There are vehicle safety ratings to help consumers stay aware of which vehicles are safer than others. It is, however, also a good idea to gain an understanding and clear idea of what different vehicle safety ratings mean.

When examining the differences between the two rating groups, you will discover a number of things. The first thing to know is the NHTSA is a government-funded group while the IIHS is a non-profit organization. The NHTSA uses a star test, where more stars equal better, and is based on 3 tests: frontal collision, side impact, and rollover.

The IIHS uses poor, marginal, acceptable and good instead of a star system. They use five test that includes front, side, roof strength, head restraint and seat test, and finally a test of front impact safety equipment. Two awards, the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus, are given by the IIHS.

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