Changes Coming to the NHTSA Standards for 5-Star Ratings

It may seem like the United States Department of Transportation is trying to cause problems with car safety and emission standards, but they are actually doing their job. This is, ultimately, good news, but it will involve changes in standard safety ratings for vehicles. What this might boil down to is your old, rebooted truck might have to be exchanged for a safer vehicle. Why? Because we consider safety to be a primary rule with a booming population.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has heralded the five star safety ratings on vehicles for a great length of time and this has actually become a leading standard for buyers to go by. The proposed changes can include new standards for pedestrian safety and addition of technology to vehicles in order to ensure such safety. This will put crash test dummies on the rise for evaluation purposes and mean safety evaluations will be raised to a new standard, Bob Kernhill who works in the industry of auto repair Winnipeg had this much to speak on it “This is great news for car consumers but not necessarily us.”

Why is this happening? When a new car is developed, there are hundreds and maybe even thousands of calculations which go into the process. The reason for this is to create premium safety for drivers and passengers as well as to market new advances in vehicle performance. This is a double-edge sword for designers. In the end, the vehicle has to pass safety standards and crash test devices are used to analyze this.

crash-testingTypically, this process would involve only dummies in the vehicle, but now the new NHTSA standards will also include the event of the vehicle hitting a pedestrian. To make matters even more advanced, the former crash dummies are being scrapped in favor of new technology which makes the devices more human in a way which can be measured. This is raising the bar of safety standards for new vehicles to pinnacle heights.

For existing vehicles, this does not pose a new threat or standard. No, you won’t have to shell out a 2K bill to fit your car with new technology and you can keep the old truck. This is hardly a war on older vehicles. All that is happening is a change of standards for new cars. Economic questions are raised. We also might need to consider how these trends, as they progress, will contribute to legislation for cars already on the road. Emission standards cost Americans millions of dollars annually. How will safety standards be funded and what is in the future for cars of this country?