NHTSA upgrades 5-Star safety ratings with NCAP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its updated 5-Star Safety Ratings Tuesday called the "New Car Assessment Program" (NCAP).

NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings help customers purchase vehicles based on safety. The ratings consider how vehicles perform during crash tests. NHTSA offers extra credit to vehicles with better or advanced safety features, with the lowest possible rating being a single star and the highest rating garnering five stars.

NCAP's crash tests will now include angled frontal crashes and use newer dummies that are more similar to humans. The goal is to evaluate how well the vehicles are able to protect the drivers and passengers when they crash.

Ratings will also feature crash avoidance evaluations.

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