NHTSA to announce change in 5-star safety-rating advisory system
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Today Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be announcing the inclusion of automatic braking systems to the technologies the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers in its safety ratings. However, the technology will not be required to be included in new vehicles for the time being.
Designed to help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on American roadways, the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program actively promotes new technologies it believes advance the safety interests of consumers. The list of technologies already considered in the 5-star rating system include, lane-departure, back-up camera, and impending-collision warning systems.
While these safety features will almost certainly improve the safety of drivers and passengers in the United States, it will take some time before older vehicle models are replaced with cars boasting higher safety standards.
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