While it is easy to fix for new technology or chic design when shopping for a new car, safety remains a core element that buyers consider. Stickers for new car windows do their best to format the information, but luckily there is an easy way to check and view the safety rating of your car. has not tested a certain car.
1. Keep your annual, brand and model information
You may know it by heart or you need to find this information. The user manual that comes with your car gives you all the relevant information needed to deliver the correct year, brand and model. Do you not have a user manual? A window sticker, dealer paper or an insurance card can also provide this information. NHTSA
2. Check the NHTSA database
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the body responsible for evaluating and reviewing new cars on a five-star scale. Go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/ratings and the website will ask you to enter your year, brand and model. From there the results are entered on the same page, which show the star rating of a vehicle. NHTSA
3. Select your vehicle
After seeing the vehicle in the NHTSA database, click on the link that appears under & # 39; Vehicles & # 39 ;. This will open an entire page dedicated to the specific model with more in-depth information on how it performed in frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests. The page also explains what happens during the test and what the star ratings mean to give you a better idea of what the car has passed to receive its rating. You also see relevant recall actions for complaints from the car and the owner. IIHS
4. Check the IIHS database
Not only does the federal government refer to safety classifications, but the road safety insurance institute, which is funded by the insurance sector, also carries out independent tests. Occasionally, NHTSA does not test a specific model on the market, making the IIHS your only option.
Go to https://www.iihs.org/ where you need your year again, create and model information. Select your vehicle and you will be directed to an overview page such as NHTSA. However, the IIHS performs more crash tests and tests other parts of a vehicle, such as active safety equipment and headlights. All these factors will determine whether the IIHS awards a Top Safety Pick or an even better Award Top Safety Pick Plus.
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