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NHTSA Reveals 2014-MY Vehicles It Will Rate Under 5-Star Safety Program

November 20, 2013

A NHTSA side-impact crash test.
A NHTSA side-impact crash test.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the lineup of 2014 model-year passenger vehicles that will be tested as part of the agency's 5-Star Safety Ratings Program.

In addition, the agency unveiled updated advertising guidelines for vehicle manufacturers, dealers and advertising agencies.

"Safety is our highest priority, and we're always working to ensure consumers have the information they need to buy safe and drive safe," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "With today's announcement, we are continuing to provide consumers with valuable information through our world-renowned 5-star rating program so they can make more-informed car buying decisions.” 

NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings Program allows consumers to search crash test ratings and make informed purchasing decisions. Each vehicle tested can receive safety ratings in frontal crash, side crash and rollover resistance tests. Vehicles also receive an overall vehicle rating. One star represents the lowest score, while five stars represents the highest.

The program also highlights advanced crash-avoidance technologies, such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and rearview video systems, which manufacturers are voluntarily installing in vehicles to help prevent crashes.

The updated guidelines now explicitly state that ratings are always whole numbers and that NHTSA does not award a rating higher than 5 stars. Manufacturers or advertising agencies, NHTSA said, should not advertise ratings with decimal points or ratings over 5 stars, and advertisers who claim more than 5 stars are misleading the public. 

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