Understanding Vehicle Safety Ratings

Two entities are in charge of testing and relaying vehicle safety ratings to the public. The U.S. government is in charge of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while a private non-profit is in charge of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each entity conducts its own series of tests.

The NHTSA has a rating system based on one through five stars, with five being the best rating. It tests the result of side impacts, head-on collisions at 35 miles per hour and the effects of a rollover. The IIHS rates vehicles through five different tests that include a frontal collision, a test of roof strength and the effects of a crash on drivers' heads and necks. Vehicles are rated from Poor to Good. It's a good idea to consider the findings from both investigations when purchasing a car.

If you're looking for a vehicle that has received high safety ratings, we've got an excellent selection at Lion Country Kia. You're welcome to stop by for a test drive.



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