In the FY 1992 budget, Congress has allocated $2,070,000 for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Congress has included $150,000 for NHTSA to use in promoting new marketing techniques to ensure that NCAP information is more easily understandable by consumers and more useful as a market incentive. In addition, Congress has included $140,000 to cover increased costs of NCAP tests so that the same number of passenger vehicles (34) can be tested in FY 1992. This report responds to the requirements of Congress to detail agency plans for complying with the FY 1992 Congressional directives. The agency was required to implement improved methods of informing consumers of the comparative levels of safety of passenger vehicles as measured in NCAP, to examine and study the results of previous model year NCAP results to determine the validity of these test data in predicting actual on-the-road injuries and fatalities, and to address the efficacy of allowing manufacturers to choose between the "high tech" (i.e., Hybrid III test dummy) and "low tech" (i.e., Hybrid II test dummy) dummies for the purpose of NCAP testing. This report presents the plan and schedule describing how NHTSA will comply with these requirements. In addition to responding to these requirements, an accounting of all anticipated FY 1992 expenditures for NCAP is given as requested, and a brief history of the program is provided as well as an assessment of the program's effects on motor vehicle safety. Improvements that have been made to date in increasing the effectiveness of the program and its usefulness to consumers are also summarized.


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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 49 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00626659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 332
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 27 1993 12:00AM