NHTSA

May 2016

Crash Test Dummies Set to Take a Back Seat

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced plans to begin placing crash test dummies in the rear seats of vehicles. The planned tests will begin in 2019 and the rear seat results will be included in the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program. NHTSA has traditionally tested the driver and front passenger safety results, but the increase in app-based ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft has warranted the expanded testing procedures. The updated testing will also focus on the safety of children in car seats.