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2011 model ratings under NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings system

The Department of Transportation began a more stringent ratings system that combines results of frontal crash, side crash and rollover resistance tests and introduces crash data from smaller "female" test dummies. Twenty-eight vehicles of the 33 cars rated in the initial release of data for 2011 received a four-star overall rating.


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Safer cars but fewer stars in government crash tests
Article | Using new standards, vehicles get fewer stars in federal tests
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Safer cars but fewer stars in crash ratings
Article | Two sedans on opposite ends of the price spectrum - the BMW 5 Series and the Hyundai Sonata - were the only 2011 vehicles to get the highest safety rating as the federal government released the first results from more-rigorous crash testing.

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