NHTSA Crash Tests Will Become More Difficult beginning in 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it will propose significant updates and upgrades to its testing program in 2020. The updates and upgrades mean that the testing regime for the 2020 model year and later cars will be more difficult to pass. The NHTSA says that the more stringent tests will help the five-star safety rating program to “keep pace with advancements in safety technology.”

The revamped testing processes for the five-star program will involve “new technologies, new test procedures, updates to vehicle labeling, advancements in crash-test dummies, and continued consumer research to ensure (the New Car Assessment Program) products are effectively meeting the public’s needs.” Along with the changes to the test program, the NHTSA is also eying revisions to how it rates vehicle safety for pedestrians and other “vulnerable road users.”