The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is tightening the guidelines that control how automakers use government crash tests in advertising. It appears that the changes made by the FDA were aimed at Tesla Motors, a company that has been in the news lately. Tesla has promoted its electric Model S as the safest car in America, saying it earned a 5.4-star rating from the government.
The new guidelines say that NHTSA doesn’t give ratings higher than five stars. The agency says automakers who claim ratings higher than five stars are misleading the public. Companies that don’t follow the guidelines could see “buyer alert” warnings from the government. Violaters could also be kicked out of the ratings program or be referred to other agencies for further, unspecified action.
Source: Claims Journal
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