WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR
TEENAGER’S FIRST CAR, OR NEEDING A
BIGGER VEHICLE FOR AN EXPANDING
FAMILY, SHOPPING FOR A NEW CAR CAN
BE OVERWHELMING. With so many different
types of cars to choose from, there are a lot of
different variables to consider, but safety should
be your top priority.
According the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) there are key questions
to ask when looking to buy a safe car:
• What features does this vehicle have that will
help you avoid a crash? For example, does this
vehicle have electronic stability control (ESC)?
• How well does this vehicle protect you during a
crash? Does this vehicle have side air bags (SAB)
head and thorax protection technology?
• What is the likelihood of this vehicle rolling over
in a single-vehicle crash?
• What other types of advanced safety features
does this vehicle have?
Along with these questions, it is also smart to
take a look at the government safety ratings for
the vehicles you are considering purchasing. While
it is impossible to gauge how well a vehicle will
protect passengers in all types of crashes, the
government safety rating star system provides
a basis for comparing vehicle safety. In 2011
the Government 5-Star Safety rating system
implemented enhancements designed to
encourage the development of safer vehicles,
advance the use of crash avoidance technologies
and equip consumers to make more informed
The NHTSA considers the following the most
important features a consumer should look for
when considering the purchase of a new or used
vehicle: seat belts, frontal air bags, tire pressure
monitoring systems, electronic stability control, side
air bag head and thorax protection technology, and
Before you purchase your next car, please be sure
to consider the above information and make safety
the most important factor in your car buying
decision. For more information on buying a safe
car and also buying a safe car for child passengers,
visit the NHTSA website, Safercar.gov.