What do the different NHTSA side-impact ratings mean?

When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) began testing vehicle safety standards, the government agency only tested for front-end impact statistics because that was the major injury-causing accident at the time. Later, when facts began to roll in about the devastating effect of side-impacts, the agency began testing new cars for that type of safety as well.

Because of the horrendous types of injuries caused by a side-impact, NHTSA changed the level of result patterns to encourage new vehicle manufacturers to provide more protection against side-impact injuries. In the case of side impacts, a 5-star rating meant that there was a 5% or less chance of an injury while 4-stars reveals a 6-10% chance of injury, 3-stars an 11-20% chance, 2-stars 21-25%, and 1 star a 26% or more chance of an injury.

At Ontario Honda, we advise every potential consumer of NHTSA crash test results.

 

 

 

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