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NHTSA Announces Model Year 2012 Vehicles to be Rated Under Government 5-Star Safety Ratings Program


Auto safety agency unveils list of vehicles to be tested as part of revamped safety ratings program

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–October 13, 2011.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced the lineup of model year 2012 passenger vehicles that will be tested as part of the agency’s 5-star safety ratings program. The program’s crash tests will provide consumer safety information on approximately 81 percent of model year 2012 passenger vehicles sold in the United States, while rollover tests will provide information on 92 percent of the 2012 fleet.

NHTSA will rate 74 vehicles for the 2012 model year, including 42 passenger cars, 22 sport utility vehicles, two vans, and eight pickups.  The testing will be conducted under NHTSA’s enhanced program, which was revamped last year to include tougher crash tests and provide consumers with a single overall safety score for each vehicle. A number of model year 2012 vehicles had carry-over designs from the previous year or have already been tested, and these ratings are already posted online.

“Our 5-star ratings program is a critical resource to help consumers make the best possible decisions about the cars they want to buy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By revamping the tests and creating a more rigorous program last year, we raised the bar on safety for all vehicle manufacturers. People should remember: More stars, safer cars.”

 In addition to overall safety ratings, NHTSA’s revamped testing program also provides recommendations to consumers on the most effective “crash avoidance” technologies available in new model year vehicles. For the 2012 model year, NHTSA has identified 68 vehicle models equipped with either lane departure warning (LDW), forward collision warning (FCW), or both features, which can help drivers avoid a collision. Of these equipped vehicles, 12 have LDW, 18 vehicles have FCW, and 38 vehicles have both features. Since NHTSA began identifying vehicles equipped with these crash avoidance technologies in 2011, availability of these features has risen, up from the 45 vehicles offering these technologies as optional equipment last model year.

“For more than three decades, NHTSA’s 5-star ratings system has been the gold standard for consumers who want to purchase the safest vehicles on the market,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Thanks to the upgrades we’ve made to the program, consumers can now readily compare the safety of vehicles not only in terms of crash survivability, but also when it comes to avoiding crashes in the first place.”

Results for the 74 vehicles that will be tested under the enhanced Government 5-star safety ratings program and recommendations on the 68 vehicles with crash avoidance LDW or FCW will be posted online at www.safercar.gov.

The list of vehicles selected for crash and rollover testing in model year 2012 is below.

2012 Model Year Vehicle Test List
PASSENGER CARS

Make

Model

Body Style

Acura

TL

4 DR

BMW

328i

4 DR

Buick

Regal eAssist

4 DR

Cadillac

CTS

4 DR

Chevrolet

Camaro

2 DR

Chevrolet

Impala

4 DR

Chevrolet

Sonic

4 DR

Chrysler

200

4 DR

Chrysler

300

4 DR

Coda

Coda

4 DR

Dodge

Avenger

4 DR

Dodge

Charger

4 DR

Fiat

500

3 HB

Ford

Focus

4 DR

Ford

Ford Focus BEV

4 DR

Ford

Mustang

2 DR

Ford

Transit Connect

4 DR

Honda

Civic

2 DR

Honda

Civic IMA

4 DR

Honda

CR-Z

3 HB

Honda

Fit

5 HB

Hyundai

Accent

4 DR

Hyundai

Elantra

4 DR

Kia

Rio

4 DR

Lexus

ES350

4 DR

Mazda

Mazda3

4 DR

Mazda

Mazda6

4 DR

Mitsubishi

iMiEV

5 HB

Mitsubishi

Lancer

4 DR

Nissan

Maxima

4 DR

Nissan

Versa

4 DR

Subaru

Impreza

4 DR

Subaru

Legacy

4 DR

Suzuki

SX4

4 DR

Toyota

Camry

4 DR

Toyota

Corolla

4 DR

Toyota

Prius v

SW

Toyota

Scion iQ

3 HB

Toyota

Yaris Liftback

5 HB

Volkswagen

Beetle

2 DR

Volkswagen

Passat

4 DR

Volvo

S60

4 DR

PICKUP TRUCKS

Make

Model

Body Style

Chevrolet

Silverado 2500

PU/CC

Ford

F-150 Supercab

PU/EC

Ford

F-250 Super Crew

PU/CC

Ram

1500 Crew Cab

PU/CC

Ram

2500 Crew Cab

PU/CC

Ram

1500 Quad Cab

PU/EC

Toyota

Tacoma

PU/CC

Toyota

Tundra

PU/CC

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

Make

Model

Body Style

Acura

MDX

SUV

Cadillac

SRX

SUV

Chevrolet

Suburban 1500

SUV

Dodge

Durango

SUV

Dodge

Journey

SUV

Ford

Expedition

SUV

Ford

Explorer

SUV

Honda

CR-V

SUV

Honda

Pilot

SUV

Hyundai

Santa Fe

SUV

Hyundai

Tucson

SUV

Jeep

Grand Cherokee

SUV

Jeep

Liberty

SUV

Kia

Sorento

SUV

Kia

Soul

SUV

Kia

Sportage

SUV

Mitsubishi

Outlander

SUV

Mitsubishi

Outlander Sport

SUV

Nissan

Juke

SUV

Subaru

Outback

SUV

Toyota

4Runner

SUV

Toyota

RAV4

SUV

VANS

Make

Model

Body Style

Chrysler

Town & Country

VAN

Toyota

Sienna

VAN

KEY

PU –Pickup

RC – Regular Cab

EC – Extended Cab

CC – Crew Cab

DR – Door

HB – Hatchback

SUV – Sport Utility Vehicle
SW – Station Wagon

MODEL YEAR 2012 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH LDW AND/OR FCW
SELECTED FOR CONFIRMATION TESTING
Passenger Cars

Make

Model

Body Style

LDW

FCW

BMW

328i

4 DR

Yes

Yes

Dodge

Charger

4 DR

No

Yes

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

4 DR

Yes

Yes

Volvo

S60

4 DR

Yes

Yes

Sports Utility Vehicles

Make

Model

Body Style

LDW

FCW

Acura

ZDX

SUV

No

Yes

BMW

X3

SUV

Yes

Yes

BMW

X5

SUV

Yes

No

Chevrolet

Equinox

SUV

Yes

Yes

Dodge

Durango

SUV

No

Yes

Ford

Edge

SUV

No

Yes

Ford

Explorer

SUV

No

Yes

Infiniti

QX56

SUV

Yes

Yes

Mercedes-Benz

ML-Class

SUV

Yes

Yes

No= not available

Source: dot.gov


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