Today automobiles are even safer, cleaner and more fuel efficient than at any other time in history, and automakers look forward to working with NHTSA and other stakeholders on the proposed revisions to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
As with any consumer information program, it is important to evaluate the program’s effectiveness both historically and going forward. Well-designed updates to the existing NCAP have the potential to provide consumers with meaningful information on advanced safety technologies incorporated in new cars and trucks. This, in turn, can help to facilitate and accelerate the research, development and implementation of safety advances.
The Alliance recommends that NHTSA adopt updates to its NCAP in phases, beginning with the addition of the evaluation of rear seat belt reminder systems and by adding crash avoidance technology and advance driver assistance ratings to the agency’s 5-star rating system.
Automakers take pride in their contributions to the historic progress that has been made to improve the safety of the nation’s roadways, and automakers support data-driven, science-based change to NCAP.
To read previous Alliance comments on the proposed NCAP change, click here