crash test ratings displayed on Acura
June 28, 2005.
Motor Co., Inc., announced today a new voluntary program
to provide important safety information to
consumers. Monroney labels (window stickers) on all
2006 model year Honda and Acura
cars and light-duty trucks will include a listing of
government crash test ratings. Honda
will be the first company to make this safety information
available to consumers on the important window labels,
show pricing, vehicle features, point of origin,
Environmental Protection Agency numbers, domestic content,
emissions and other information.
In keeping with Honda’s ‘Safety for
Everyone’ initiative, all vehicle window stickers will
display the star ratings awarded under the National
Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA),
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for frontal, side and
rollover crash safety test ratings.
crash test ratings displayed on Honda
“Honda’s commitment to safety goes
beyond conventional measures with our ‘Safety for
Everyone’ initiative,” said John Mendel, senior vice
president, automobile operations, American Honda Motor
Co., Inc. “Honda’s initiative is just one of
several actions we are taking to advance motor vehicle
safety and to educate consumers.”
Honda’s action to revise its window
labels to include safety rating information is modeled
after the ‘Stars on Cars’ initiative sponsored by U.S.
Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH). Senator DeWine’s
provision in the Highway bill would require manufacturers
to post NHTSA crash tests “star” ratings on vehicle
“I would like to congratulate Honda
on this announcement. As with its ‘Safety for
Everyone’ initiative, Honda
has shown again today that it is willing to innovate and
take voluntary action to protect the driving public.
I look forward to a time when all new cars will come
standard with ‘Stars on Cars' labels,” stated Senator
Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).
“This common-sense legislation is
included in the Senate’s version of H.R. 3, yet is not
in the House’s, and I urge the Conference Committee to
include it in the final report. Vital safety
information needs to be accessible to the consumer when
they need it most, at the dealership when purchasing
decisions are made,” Senator DeWine said.
NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program
provides consumers with vehicle safety information on
front and side crash tests, as well as rollover
ratings. The test results are publicized through a
recognizable star rating system – from 1 to 5 stars,
with 5 being the best score. The star ratings, are
accessible on the safercar.gov website but may not be
readily available on the showroom floor.
“Honda is setting a good example for
other manufacturers by getting safety information to the
customer at the point of sale,” said NHTSA
Administrator, Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D. “This
voluntary action helps the market work for the safety of
has more vehicles than any other brand that achieve a top
rating for both frontal and side impacts under the federal
government's NCAP and SINCAP crash rating programs.
Through Honda’s industry-leading ‘Safety
for Everyone’ initiative, all Honda and Acura vehicles,
with the exception of a small number of specialty
vehicles, will feature a suite of advanced safety
By the end of calendar year 2006, front
side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System
(OPDS), side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes will
come as standard equipment. Most Honda and all Acura
light-duty trucks, including all SUVs and minivans, will
also be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and
rollover sensors for side curtain airbag deployment.
Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’
initiative is based on the company’s commitment to
leadership in safety and to providing a high level of
occupant and pedestrian protection in all its cars and
trucks, as well as increased crash compatibility with
other vehicles, regardless of size or price. In
addition to having two of the world’s most advanced
crash test research centers, Honda
has conducted industry-leading research into increased
pedestrian safety and car-to-car crash compatibility, two
critical issues in the quest to further reduce
traffic-related injuries and deaths.
For more information
regarding the NHTSA
tests, visit www.safercar.gov. Consumer information
regarding Honda products is available at www.honda.com..