What are SUV safety ratings?


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The safety rating for a Sports Utility Vehicle is a rough measurement done by an organization like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of the relative safety of a vehicle. Vehicle models that receive the highest safety ratings receive the Top Safety Pick award.

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Safety ratings for SUVs, as well as any other type of automobile, are typically determined by standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is a branch of the Department of Transportation of the United States government, which had predecessor organizations formed as early as 1966 following a movement for vehicle safety. They develop the testing dummies that can be found in modern media that test the safety of vehicles in a crash.

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