Vehicle Rollover Safety Ratings
Any given number of factors may influence your decision to purchase a vehicle. Depending on your needs and circumstances, you may only need a vehicle to get you to and from work, or you may need room for the all the kids, their friends, their backpacks, sports gear and more. Whatever your needs may be in purchasing a vehicle, it is wise to consider the vehicle’s safety ratings.
At safercar.gov, the NHSTA has a wealth of information to help consumers analyze the vehicle safety features, along with crash test and rollover rating results. The site also contains information regarding safety recalls and investigations of various vehicles and vehicle components, including tires and child seats.
Specifically included in these overall safety ratings are vehicle rollover resistance ratings. These ratings are an estimate of its risk of rolling over in a single-vehicle crash. These ratings are range from a maximum of 5 stars down to 1.
- 5 stars Has a risk of rollover of less than 10%
- 4 stars Has a risk of rollover between 10% and 20%
- 3 stars Has a risk of rollover between 20% and 30%
- 2 stars Has a risk of rollover between 30% and 40%
- 1 star Has a risk of rollover greater than 40%
When you are in the market to purchase a vehicle, it is always a good idea to do the proper research. Many of these overlooked factors, especially safety ratings, should be just as important in the long run as the color, interior, or the stereo.