Different Tests of the NHTSA

You have probably seen the different safety ratings from the NHTSA. You are probably wondering how the safety rating of a vehicle is determined. The NHTSA puts their vehicles through a string of tests in order to see how reliable it is in different circumstances for the driver and the passenger.

The vehicle is tested in different crash tests. For instance, a vehicle is going to be tested for safety from being hit from the side by a vehicle as heavy as 3,000 lbs. The vehicle would be going at almost 40 mph. At this point, the likelihood for injury is measured.

Another test that the NHTSA puts the vehicle through is the rollover. The test is not done as a demonstration. Instead, a mathematical equation is done in order to determine the likelihood of a rollover accident. Both of these factors are put together to determine the safety rating.

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