NHTSA Rates New Model Cars to Determine Effectiveness of Safety Features in a Car Accident in Alabama and Elsewhere

All vehicles go through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star safety rating program.

The NHTSA recently reported that it will be rating all new model 2012 vehicles. Some vehicles that have carry-over designs from previous models may have already been rated. This program is used to help consumers to determine which vehicles are most likely to keep them safe in the event of a car accident in Montgomery or elsewhere. More than 80 percent of the new model vehicles are going through the test. More than 90 percent of the new model vehicles will have rollover tests conducted as well. Manufacturers get very competitive when it comes to these tests. Poor rating can severely damage the sales for a specific vehicle.
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Our Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that more than 70 new models will go through the NHTSA’s rigorous testing. Consumers who check such ratings when making a new-vehicle purchase can reduce their risks of serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident. It’s just one more way to be a smart consumer while keeping your family as safe as possible.

This year’s tested vehicles include more than 40 passenger cars, more than 20 SUVs, eight pickups and two vans. The new rating system has been upgraded from last years. With each and every upgrade, vehicle manufacturers continue to advance their products to meet stricter rating systems. You’re urged to check out www.safecar.gov to check out your vehicle’s car rating. This is also a great website to use to learn about any vehicle recalls.

“By revamping the tests and creating a more rigorous program last year, we raised the bar on safety for all vehicle manufacturers. People should remember: More stars, safer cars,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

Safety ratings aren’t the only thing that new NHTSA testing provides for consumers. The new program also offers drivers with information regarding a vehicle’s “crash avoidance” technology.

In 2010, there were less than 40 vehicles that came equipped with this technology. Since the NHTSA started testing the technology in its new program, nearly 70 vehicles have installed safety features. These features include forward collision warning (FCW) and lane departure warning (LDW). Of the new vehicles, more than 10 have LDW, nearly 20 have FCW and nearly 40 come equipped with both. As tests get harder and more thorough, car manufacturers are forced to create better cars to keep up and to make their products appealing to consumers.

Safety ratings are one of the most important factors to consumers when purchasing a vehicle.

The 5-star rating system has been combing the design of vehicles for about 30 years now. This rating has become the gold standard for those who are looking into purchasing a new vehicle. These ratings let drivers know about their chances of not only surviving an accident, but avoiding one in the first place.

As soon as the new ratings are released, you’re urged to scan through them before purchasing a new car. You can still visit the website to learn about the dangers, safety features or any recalls of the car you’re currently driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Montgomery or the surrounding areas, contact the car accident attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. for experienced advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-866-942-9315.

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