Knowing How Vehicle Safety Ratings Work is Key

Here at Carbone Subaru of Utica, we do our utmost to help our customers and other drivers stay safe. One area of vehicle safety that many individuals often overlook is crash test ratings. While no one wants to dwell on the worst, prospective car owners who investigate the crashworthiness of vehicles can certainly benefit from the information. Key to this investigation is a working knowledge of IIHS and NHTSA vehicle safety ratings.

The NHTSA is a government-sponsored vehicle safety rating organization. NHTSA ratings provide prospective vehicle owners with star system ratings. The star ratings range from 1 to 5 stars. 1 – star ratings mean that the parts being tested performed poorly, while 5 – star ratings mean that the parts under test performed well. IIHS ratings come from a special insurance company funded nonprofit organization.

IIHS ratings rate vehicles in four categories that include Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. The IIHS puts vehicles through at least five separate vehicle crash tests. As such, IIHS ratings provide realistic measures of vehicle resistance to damage. While both of these tests have their benefits and drawbacks, wise drivers would do well to make use of results from both systems.

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