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Car Crash Tests Changing?

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

January 8, 2007

The government's proposal to change the way crash tests are done is to raise the bar on safety with all cars. Those who crash the cars in Ruckersville said the feds have a tough task ahead of them.

Cars have been crashing to improve your driving safety for years. The government announced on Monday those safety crash tests are now getting an improvement themselves.

"We can never become complacent about saving lives, saving the lives of our loved ones, or others we share the roadways with," said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters.

David Zuby with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Ruckersville said there is a need to improve the national car assessment program.

"Basically, that program has long outlived its effectiveness. For a long time now, most of the cars now, get very similar ratings," added David Zuby.

The most noticeable change to consumers would be the governments five star rating system for vehicles.

"There is a rating for driver protection in front crashes, passenger protection in front crashes, driver protection in side crashes, driver protection in rear crashes, and then roll over," added Zuby.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to combine all those tests to get one overall rating. Zuby feels that could put consumers at risk.

"The deficiencies will be hidden, so very good performances in front crashes for instance, might offset a pretty big deficiency in a side impact crash. You don't really want to hide that from people," added Zuby.

Zuby said it is best for consumers to look at what is good in every type of crash test, so the government will have be careful how they wrap everything up.


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