The National Academy of Sciences again is casting doubt on a federal automotive safety program, this time the National Highway Transportation Safety Admin.’s rollover rating system, known as static stability factor (SSF). The NAS studied the program at the behest of Congress and recently issued a report calling the SSF rating – one to five stars – too simplistic to provide accurate information to consumers. NHTSA adopted the SSF rating for the '01 model year but already is developing a ...

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