NHTSA Rolls Out Upgraded 5 Star Vehicle Safety Program – Toyota’s Crash Test Ratings

NHTSA 5 star

Camry Gets 3 Stars, Sienna 4 Stars in NHTSA’s New, More Stringent
Crash Tests

Federal regulators today (Oct. 5) released the first crash test ratings
under the government’s new, tougher criteria. Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid
received three-star ratings out of a possible five stars and Sienna AWD and
FWD received four-star ratings.

A total of 34 models from various brands were tested. Two models received
five stars, 29 models received four stars, two received three stars and one
received two stars.

The new system includes an overall score that combines the results of side,
rollover and front tests and compares the result with the average risk of
injury and the potential for rollover compared to other vehicles. The new
system also takes into account crash-prevention technologies and includes a
new test to simulate a vehicle striking a pole.

Under the old system, over 90 percent of vehicles received the highest
rating. When the system first started in 1979, less than 30 percent of
vehicles received five stars.

Toyota issued the following statement concerning the new test results:

“As a member of the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers, Toyota actively
participated in this new rule making process with NHTSA. We share the
Alliance’s position that even though star ratings may go down on certain
vehicles from MY 2010 to MY 2011 under the government’s more stringent New
Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the new star ratings do not mean that the
vehicles are less safe. In fact, some ratings may go down even when there
have been no changes in the vehicle’s design between model years. For this
reason, consumers may not always be able to compare vehicles that have
undergone the new test procedures with vehicles that have undergone the old
test procedures.”

“It is important to note that the new, more stringent test standards are
largely due to the innovation and technology automakers have voluntarily
introduced over the years to raise automobile safety to new levels. This
includes technological advancements that not only help protect vehicle
occupants when a crash is unavoidable, but also help drivers avoid
situations that lead to a crash in the first place. As a result of all of
these efforts, vehicles were scoring so well on the old NCAP tests that the
government “raised the bar” by changing the test procedures.”

View NHTSA’s press release

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