WASHINGTON – Crash avoidance will be the next great leap in auto safety, says David Strickland, the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.’s top official. “We are emphasizing this next great jump in safety,” he tells a conference on automotive safety sponsored by Edmunds.com here, adding NHTSA’s newly upgraded 5-star rating system that now factors in results from a side-pole impact test helps auto buyers assess the safety of vehicles prior to purchasing. The NHTSA safety tests compare ...

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