NHTSA will test 74 vehicles for 2012 model year [list] image

NHTSA will rate 74 vehicles for the 2012 model year, including 42 passenger cars, 22 sport utility vehicles, two vans, and eight pickups, the agency said Friday.

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.

NHTSA’s testing program also provides recommendations to consumers on the most effective “crash avoidance” technologies available in new model year vehicles.

“For more than three decades, NHTSA’s 5-star ratings system has been the gold standard for consumers who want to purchase the safest vehicles on the market,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Thanks to the upgrades we’ve made to the program, consumers can now readily compare the safety of vehicles not only in terms of crash survivability, but also when it comes to avoiding crashes in the first place.”