NHTSA Considering Small Overlap and Angled Crash Tests
In the small overlap test, the corner of the bumper hits an object, exerting a lot of force, which is focused on a very small area - this particular crash test procedure really puts a lot of strain, even on very safe cars, and only those which have been engineered to withstand more than the regular battery of tests done by the NHTSA can handle it in the real sense of the word.
The other proposed new test is, as its name suggests, an angled impact with a stationary object.
If both or either of these tests makes into the full testing procedure, then the full five-star crash safety rating will be a lot more difficult to obtain.
Story via autonews.com