Federal Vehicle Safety Rating Update Won’t Get Megacars Off the Road
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“That’s the real question: can they get enough done right now at NHTSA to ensure these safety advancements actually make it into new cars?” said Michael Brooks, acting executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.
By Kea Wilson
March 8, 2022
A new plan to update federal consumer safety ratings for cars won’t do nearly enough to incentivize automakers to build vehicles that are less likely to kill walkers, say advocates, who are urging the Biden Administration to act fast to bring the program up to par with the rest of the world.
Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began accepting comments on a slate of proposed updates to the New Car Assessment Program — a consumer advisory effort known colloquially as the “Stars on Cars” program or simply NCAP — which will, for the first time, provide prospective car-buyers insight into how their vehicle choices will impact the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other people they might hit.