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The government rollover crash test ratings are based on the real world rollovers of over 86,000 single vehicle crashes. Each vehicle is given a Rollover Star Rating that evaluates a given vehicles’ chances of experiencing a rollover. 5-stars is the highest rating and vehicles with that rating are those least likely to rollover see below. Rollover star ratings can be compared across all vehicle classes and weights. Since 2004 model year vehicles the government rollover ratings combine a stationary (at-rest) measurement called the Static Stability Factor (SSF) and the tip results of the dynamic maneuvering rollover test which gives better data.
If two vehicles have the same star rating, a consumer can compare the Chance of Rollover percentage between the two vehicles. The vehicle with the lower the percentage is less likely a vehicle is to rollover- this percentage is based both on the static stability factor (SSF) and if the vehicle tips up during the dynamic test.
What are the chances a Vehicle will roll? The rollover resistance rating is an estimate the risk of rolling over in a single-vehicle crash As the chart below indicates, the lowest-rated vehicles (1 star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (with 5 stars) when involved in a single-vehicle crash.
5 stars Has a risk of rollover of less than 10%
4 stars Has a risk of rollover between 10% and 20%
3 stars Has a risk of rollover between 20% and 30%
2 stars Has a risk of rollover between 30% and 40%
1 star Has a risk of rollover greater than 40%
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Crash Tests are based on Vehicle Weight and Class. NHTSA categorizes vehicles by class and "curb" weight. Curb weight represents the weight of a vehicle with standard equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil, coolant, and air conditioning. Passenger cars are further subdivided as follows:
Passenger cars – mini (PC/Mi) (1,500-1,999 lbs. curb weight)
Passenger cars – light (PC/L) (2,000-2,499 lbs. curb weight)
Passenger cars – compact (PC/C) (2,500-2,999 lbs. curb weight)
Passenger cars – medium (PC/Me) (3,000-3,499 lbs. curb weight)
Passenger cars – heavy (PC/H) (3,500 lbs. and over curb weight.)
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Pickup trucks (PU)
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