Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will rate 74 vehicles for the 2012 model year, including 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs, two vans and eight pickups. The vehicles will be crash-tested to provide consumer safety information on approximately 81 per cent of 2012 vehicles sold in the U.S., while rollover tests will provide information on 92 per cent of the 2012 fleet.

The tests will be conducted under NHTSA’s enhanced program, which was revamped last year to include tougher crash tests and to provide consumers with a single overall safety score for each vehicle. A number of model-year 2012 vehicles had carried-over designs from the previous year or have already been tested.

“Our five-star ratings program is a critical resource to help consumers make the best possible decisions about the cars they want to buy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By revamping the tests and creating a more rigorous program last year, we raised the bar on safety for all vehicle manufacturers. People should remember: more stars, safer cars.”

In addition to overall safety ratings, the revamped testing program also provides recommendations on the most effective crash avoidance technologies available in new vehicles. For the 2012 model year, NHTSA has identified 68 models equipped with either lane departure warning, forward collision warning, or both.

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