May 25, 2005

NHTSA releases new passenger car crash and rollover ratings

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the completion of crash test and rollover ratings for passenger cars for the 2005 model year.

The newly-tested Mitsubishi Galant, Toyota Avalon and Volvo V70, all with side air bags, earned the top rating of five stars for all seating positions in frontal and side impact crash tests.

All newly-tested vehicles received four stars in rollover testing. The NHTSA uses a five-star scale, as well as a percent chance of rollover, to rate a vehicle on its likelihood of rollover in a single-vehicle crash.

Full results are available at the agency’s Web site at

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