What Testing Does the IIHS Do Compared to the NHTSA?

Automotive safety is a key factor for many car buying decisions. You might notice differences between the ratings a car gets from the IIHS and the NHTSA. What's different about their crash tests?

The IIHS bases its ratings on the results of five different crash tests. These include two frontal tests in which a car strikes a barrier at 40 and 31 mph. The roof is tested for strength by simulating the force of a rollover. A seat and restraint test measures the forces on the passengers, and a side impact test hits the car with a barrier moving 31 mph. The NHTSA only uses three impact tests.

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