WASHINGTON – Some preliminary research from Hyundai Motor America suggests government-mandated crash-rating information on vehicle-price window stickers is not influencing new-car buyers. Julia Rege, a senior engineer at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc., says an estimated 85% of ’08-’09 model Hyundai and Kia owners were not aware of the star rating when they purchased their cars. “We were surprised it was that high,” Rege tells a recent session of the Society of Automotive ...

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