Car shoppers have a wide range of things to consider when purchasing a car. How new is the car? What gas mileage does it get? How fast will it go? How historically reliable is this make and model? One thing that shoppers look for is safety. It is tough to know who to trust for these issues.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts out a 5-star safety ratings program each year. The results are determined after testing shows how well new vehicles protect drivers and passengers during an accident, how well vehicles resist rollovers, and whether the vehicle is equipped with technology that can help avoid crashes altogether.
NHTSA's report can be found on their website, www.safercar.gov. Not all auto manufacturers have their cars and trucks tested, but the results of these tests can be useful when determining what car is likely to protect you from suffering an injury if you are in an accident.