February 14, 2007

NHTSA releases model year 2007 new crash and rollover safety ratings

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that 24 passenger vehicles for model year 2007 have received the highest five-star ratings in front and side crash tests under the agency’s New Car Assessment Program.

The newly-tested models earning five stars included seven four-door passenger vehicles: Dodge Caliber, Ford Five Hundred, Kia Optima (sold in Canada as the Magentis), Mercury Montego (not sold in Canada), Subaru Legacy, Saturn Aura and Toyota Camry. In addition, 17 four-door SUVs earned a five-star crash test rating for all seating positions: Acura MDX, Acura RDX, Audi Q7, Dodge Nitro, Ford Freestyle, GMC Acadia, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, Hyundai Santa Fe, Infiniti FX 35/45, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-7, Saturn Outlook, Subaru Outback and Toyota Highlander.

Of all newly-tested vehicles, only the Mazda6, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky earned five stars for rollover resistance, but none of these models also attained five-star crash test ratings for all seating positions. Of the 24 earning five stars for front and side impact, none earned five stars for rollover resistance.

So far, the agency has completed frontal, side and rollover ratings for 63 of the 70 vehicles scheduled to be tested for the 2007 model, representing approximately 79 per cent of the 2007 model year fleet.

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