Crash test data sourced direct from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA conducts a series of crash tests to evaluate the safety performance of vehicles. The tests include:
Frontal Crash Test: This test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each traveling at 35 mph.
Side Crash Test: This test simulates a T-bone collision between a moving vehicle and a stationary vehicle. The moving vehicle strikes the stationary vehicle at 38.5 mph.
Rollover Resistance Test: This test measures a vehicle's ability to resist tipping over in a dynamic test that involves a sudden turn.
Rear Crash Test: This test simulates a collision between two vehicles of similar size and weight, with one vehicle striking the other from behind at 50 mph.
Pedestrian Safety Test: This test evaluates a vehicle's ability to mitigate pedestrian injuries in a collision.
The results of these tests are used to determine a vehicle's overall safety rating, which ranges from 1 to 5.
5 out of 5 rating indicates the vehicle has the highest level of safety performance
1 out of 5 rating indicates the lowest level of safety performance.
If the number of complaints is above 300 for a particular car model, it may be a cause for concern.
However, examining the severity of complaints is crucial because a newer model (less than 3 years old) may not necessarily have many complaints due to its limited mileage.
While a car model with a lot of complaints may still indicate potential issues, the severity of the complaints is important to consider, as a high quantity of low severity complaints may not be as significant as a smaller number of high severity complaints.
For example, some complaints may be minor, such as issues with the infotainment system, while others may be more serious and costly, such as engine, transmission, charging, or airbag problems.
Additionally, it's important to consider if the reported problems resulted in a crash, fire, injury, or even a death.
Ultimately, it's important to research the owner complaints found on this page to help weigh the potential risks and benefits of purchasing this vehicle.
The Most Reported Problem stat is a valuable data point that alerts you to the most frequent issue reported by vehicle owners, and helps identify emerging problem trends.
And if the most reported problem has a "Critical" or "Serious" severity rating, you may want to consider researching other model years, or a completely different vehicle altogether.
Car problems can vary in their severity and potential safety risks. For example, a problem with a Parking Brake could be a minor issue that may be quickly resolved.
On the other hand, a malfunctioning Forward Collision Avoidance System could pose a serious risk to the driver and passengers, as well as other vehicles on the road.