New Rollover Ratings, Crash Test Results

WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) latest rollover resistance ratings and crash test results are now available on the agency's World Wide Web site: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov . This information is for 2002 model year vehicles.

Rated for rollover resistance are the Acura RSX two-door hatchback, Chevrolet Malibu four-door sedan, Chrysler 300M four-door sedan, Daewoo Nubira four-door sedan, Ford Focus two-door, Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Kia Rio Cino four-door wagon, Lexus ES300 four-door sedan, Toyota Avalon four-door sedan, Toyota Camry four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x2 four-door utility, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Chevrolet Blazer 4x2 two-door utility, Chevrolet Blazer 4x4 two-door utility, Ford Explorer Sport 4x2 two-door utility, Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 two-door utility, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x2 four- door utility, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 four-door utility, Isuzu Axiom 4x2 four- door utility, Isuzu Axiom 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Sequoia 4x2 four-door utility, Ford Ranger 4x2 pickup, Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup, Mazda B-Series 4x2 pickup, Mazda B-Series 4x4 pickup and the Kia Sedona van.

Rated for frontal impact are the Ford Focus two-door, Lexus ES300 four- door sedan, Mitsubishi Eclipse two-door, Toyota Avalon four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility, Jeep Liberty 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Sequoia 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Tundra 4x2 four-door pickup.

Rated for side impact are the Audi A4 four-door sedan, Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Nissan Altima four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility with side air bags, Isuzu Axiom 4x4 four-door utility, and the Honda Odyssey Van.

Beginning with release of today's data, NHTSA is specifically noting safety concerns that arise as a result of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tests and that are not reflected in the dummy measurements used to calculate star ratings. In today's and future advisories, NHTSA will identify the vehicles that have such safety concerns.

During the side impact test of the Buick Rendezvous, the driver's door unlatched and opened. The Rendezvous is equipped with standard automatic door locks, but NHTSA test protocol requires that the doors be unlocked. A General Motors test showed that the door remained closed under similar test conditions when the automatic door locks are activated. A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection.

The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports rollover resistance ratings and crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best safety protection for vehicles. Frontal tests should be compared only within the same weight class.

A fact sheet, containing explanatory information and tables showing NCAP rollover resistance ratings and crash tests results for model year 2002 vehicles, can be obtained by calling the NHTSA Office of Public and Consumer Affairs, 202-366-9550; the Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-327-4236; or by writing to NHTSA Public Affairs, Room 5232, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, DC. 20590. The rollover resistance ratings and crash test information is available at NHTSA's web site by clicking on ``Crash Tests'' under ``Popular Information'' in the index on the left side of the screen.

                NHTSA Rollover Ratings and Crash Test Results

    Make and Model         Size  Curb   Frontal Frontal Side   Side   Rollover
                           Class Weight Driver  Pass-   Driver Pass-  Rating
                                 (lbs)          enger          enger

    Acura RSX 2-DR. w/SAB  Medium  2776   TBT     TBT    TBT    TBT      4

    Audi A4 4-DR. w/SAB    Medium  3420   TBT     TBT      5      4    TBR

    Buick Rendezvous 4-DR.                 No     No      No     No
     4x2 w/SAB               SUV   3925  Test    Test   Test   Test      3

    Buick Rendezvous 4-DR.
     4x4 w/SAB               SUV   4106     3       3      5*     5      3

    Chevrolet Blazer 2-DR.                 No     No      No     No
     4x2                     SUV   3716  Test    Test   Test   Test      1

    Chevrolet Blazer 2-DR.                                No     No
     4x4                     SUV   4182     3       4   Test   Test      2

    Chevrolet Malibu 4-DR. Medium  3054     4       4      3      4      4

                                                          No     No
    Chrysler 300M 4-DR.     Heavy  3598    3#       4   Test   Test      4

    Daewoo Nubira 4 DR.     Light  2795   TBT     TBT    TBT    TBT      4

    Ford Explorer Sport                    No     No      No     No
     2-DR 4x2                SUV   3818  Test    Test   Test   Test      2

    Ford Explorer Sport
     2-DR 4x4                SUV   4023   TBT     TBT    TBT    TBT      2

    Ford Focus 2-DR.       Compact 2630     4       4      4      1      4^

                                                                 No
    Ford Ranger 4x2        Pickup  3111   TBT     TBT      5    Seat     3

                                           No     No      No     No
    Ford Ranger 4x4        Pickup  3544  Test    Test   Test   Test      2

    Ford Thunderbird 2-DR                                        No
     Convertible            Heavy  3751   TBT     TBT      5   Seat      5

    Honda CR-V 4x4           SUV   3328     5       5      5      5      3

    Honda CR-V 4x4 w/SAB     SUV   3328     5       5      5      5      3

    Honda Odyssey Van        Van   4317   TBT     TBT      5      5      4

    Hyundai Santa Fe 4-DR.                 No     No      No     No
     4x2                     SUV   3694  Test    Test   Test   Test      3

    Hyundai Santa Fe 4-DR.
     4x4                     SUV   3902   TBT     TBT    TBT    TBT      3

                                           No     No      No     No
    Isuzu Axiom 4-DR. 4x2    SUV   3916  Test    Test   Test   Test      3

    Isuzu Axiom 4-DR. 4x4    SUV   4119   TBT     TBT      5      5      3

    Jeep Liberty 4-DR. 4x4   SUV   4067     5       4      5      5      2

    Kia Rio Cino 4-DR.                                    No     No
     Wagon                  Light  2444     4       4   Test   Test      4

    Kia Sedona Van           Van   4702     5       5      5      5      4

    Lexus ES 300 4-DR.
     w/SAB                 Medium  3456     5       5      5      4      4^

    Mazda B-Series 2-DR.                                         No
     4x2                   Pickup  3111   TBT     TBT      5   Seat      3

    Mazda B-Series 2-DR.                   No     No      No     No
     4x4                   Pickup  3544  Test    Test   Test   Test      2

    Mitsubishi Eclipse                                           No
     2-DR.  HB.            Compact 2948     4       4      5   Seat    TBR

    Nissan Altima 4-DR.    Medium  3083   TBT     TBT      3      4    TBR

    Toyota Avalon 4-DR.
     w/SAB                 Medium  3411     4       4      4      5      4^

    Toyota Camry 4-DR.     Medium  3339   TBT     TBT    TBT    TBT      4^

    Toyota Sequoia 4-DR.                   No     No      No     No
     4x2                     SUV   5004  Test    Test   Test   Test      3!

    Toyota Sequoia 4-DR.                                  No     No
     4x4                     SUV   5185     4       5   Test   Test    TBR

    Toyota Tundra 4DR. 4x2 Pickup  4678     4       4    TBT    TBT    TBR

    *  If Door Unlocked, Increased Risk of Ejection
    #  High Likelihood of Thigh Injury
    ^  Electronic Stability Control Available
    !  Electronic Stability Control Standard
    TBT = To Be Tested
    TBR = To Be Rated
    SAB = Side Air Bag
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