The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could follow the lead of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and add the “small overlap” test to its five-star crash safety program.
In deciding how many stars to award a vehicle, the administration relies mostly on frontal crash tests. Those are used to determine how a vehicle holds up during a head-on collision, while the “small overlap” involves crashes in which a front bumper hits an object at an angle.
The NHTSA plans to make a decision about the test within a couple of years. Steps are already being taken to move in that direction.
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