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5-Star Safety Rating System to Be Updated by the End of 2016, DOT Announces

5-Star Safety Rating System to Be Updated by the End of 2016, DOT Announces

Bringing vehicle safety information into the modern age, officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are proposing updates to the 5-Star Vehicle Safety Rating system used for new vehicles.

The recommended changes, which are fairly expansive, have two central goals:

  1. To provide “consumers with even better information to help the choose a safe vehicle”; and
  2. To “encourage [vehicle] manufacturers to produce vehicles with better crash protection and new technology innovations that will save lives.”

Noting the significance of this update, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has remarked that:

NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings have set the bar on safety since it began in 1978, and [now] we are raising that bar… The [proposed] changes provide more and better information to new-vehicle shoppers that will help accelerate the technology innovations that saves lives.

The Proposed Updates

While the complete proposal for the 5-Star Rating updates can be viewed here, some of the main updates that are currently being recommended include:

The Next Steps

Currently, DOT officials are encouraging the public to submit comments on the proposed updates. The public comment period will remain open through January 2016, after which officials will review the comments and “issue a final decision notice on the planned changes by the end of 2016.”

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