Understanding Vehicle Safety Ratings

When you're buying a vehicle, of course you want it to be as safe as possible. Two groups perform crash safety tests but with different rating systems, so let's look at the differences.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is a federal government agency, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is managed by insurance companies. NHTSA uses a system of one to five stars to rate how a vehicle performs in three crash tests; the higher the star number, the safer you and your vehicle will be in a crash. IIHS rates on a scale of Poor to Good in five crash tests. Vehicles with outstanding results will be designated as Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Picks Plus.

Korum Hyundai in Puyallup, WA will be happy to explain more about NHTSA and IIHS's ratings--visit us today!

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