Subaru of America, Inc., announced that the 2005 Subaru Outback earned the highest rating in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests.
The new Subaru Outback received 5 stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions.
NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides consumers with vehicle safety information, primarily front and side crash test results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions. The test results are relayed to consumers via an easily recognizable star rating system – from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. Every year the agency chooses to test new vehicles which are predicted to have high sales volume, those which have been redesigned with structural changes, or those with improved safety equipment.
The NCAP crash tests are conducted at speeds higher than required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for both side impacts at 38.5 miles per hour and full frontal barrier impacts at 35 miles per hour. The tests are done to compare vehicles for the NHTSA Consumer Information Program and the results can be found at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/