New NHTSA guide offers buyers advice on making safer vehicle choices

By on July 12, 2011 4:25 PM
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In an effort to provide consumers with the latest results of its new and improved 5 Star Safety Rating Program, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just published "Purchasing with Safety in Mind: What to look for when buying a new vehicle." This comprehensive brochure offers comparative crash results and passenger protection information on every new car, truck and SUV that has undergone NHTSA's more rigorous 2011 upgraded testing regimen.

In addition to presenting a full range of head-to-head data in tabular form, the brochure outlines the nature and purpose of the impact evaluations NHTSA currently performs as well as clearly defining the various safety systems and advanced crash avoidance technologies that it recommends today's consumer take into consideration when coming to a final buying decision. Lastly, it highlights a timeline of key safety milestones that have occurred since NHTSA began its first frontal impact testing back in 1978. "Purchasing with Safety in Mind: What to look for when buying a new vehicle" is accessible online at:

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