Frequently asked questions
About our crash testing programs
Q: The Institute sometimes indicates there's been a design change to a vehicle during the model year that changes the crashworthiness rating. These are indicated by giving one rating for the vehicles built before a specified date during the year when the change was made and another rating for vehicles built after that date (or one rating that indicates it applies only to vehicles built after the date). Yet dealers and the vehicle manufacturers themselves often don't know about the change or acknowledge it. Where should I turn?
Recalls and vehicle defects
New car death rates/insurance loss data
Careers in crash testing