Statement from Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council President and CEO, on NHTSA’s Proposal to Revise the 5-Star Safety Ratings

​Itasca, IL – NHTSA's proposal tricks out the 5-Star Safety Ratings by embracing technology as the big game-changer in saving lives. The announcement comes at a critical time, as highway fatalities have spiked this year. The new ratings address technologies that can stem the carnage for both vehicle occupants and pedestrians on our roadways. Vince and Larry, the old crash test dummies, would be proud of the pivot from crash mitigation to embracing crash prevention.

Vehicle safety is entering an entirely new dimension as we see a future built on a culture of riding rather than driving. Technology can do amazing, life-saving things and today, auto manufacturers are offering many amazing new technologies as options for consumers. Regulators have the opportunity and the obligation to adjust our safety standards to keep up with these safety innovations. Congratulations to Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind for taking this critical step. If implemented, these changes will leave a 5-star legacy for the traveling public.

*This statement should be attributed to Deborah A.P. Hersman*


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