Legislation Calls for New 21st Century Five-Star Safety Rating System | Edmunds

Legislation Calls for New 21st Century Five-Star Safety Rating System

WASHINGTON — The Safety Through Informed Consumers Act introduced in Congress on Wednesday would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to integrate active safety technology into its crashworthiness rating system.

The auto-safety reform legislation has bipartisan support in both houses of Congress and is a result of the high-profile Takata airbag and GM ignition-switch recalls, legislators said.

It is designed to help car shoppers with more accurate safety information as they compare vehicles.

"Consumers trust auto window-sticker safety ratings when they compare vehicles," said Sen. Edward Markey in a statement. "Today's five-star safety rating system only tells them how safe they are in the vehicle once a crash occurs, ignoring any features like collision warning and automatic emergency braking, that can help avoid that crash in the first place.

"With new safety technology standard in many cars, we need a 21st-century five-star safety rating system that tells consumers how safe their vehicles really are."

The bill will make sure "American families are well-versed on whether vehicles they are looking to purchase are equipped with the newest, state-of-the-art safety technology," said Sen. Dean Heller in a statement.

He added: "Given recent issues surrounding ignition-switch defects, airbag defects and numerous vehicle recalls, this bipartisan-bicameral legislation will help restore consumers' confidence in the safety of their vehicles."

The 5-Star Safety Ratings System was created by NHTSA to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

Edmunds says: Some common-sense legislation that may help consumers clearly and easily understand the safety features in any vehicle they are considering.

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