NHTSA Could Use ‘Small Overlap’ Tests in New Assessments

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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