Differences in Car Safety Ratings

Doug Smith Kia understands that there can be confusion surrounding the two different safety ratings that are given to vehicles. When you're shopping around for a car or truck to drive around American Fork, understanding safety ratings can help you make a good choice.

The two organizations that perform crash tests are the IIHS and the NHTSA. The IIHS is a non-profit organization that receives its funding from car insurance companies. The NHTSA is a government organization.

To determine a vehicle's rating, the NHTSA performs both front and side collision tests. They'll also determine the rollover potential of a vehicle by looking at its center of gravity and width. Results are given on five-star scale. The IIHS performs five different collision tests to determine the safety of a vehicle. Their rating system uses Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, and Good. Vehicles can also be given a Top Safety Pick designation.



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