There are two investigative organizations that ascertain vehicle safety, the nonprofit IIHS and the federal government-run NHTSA. Each has their own methods and ratings systems.

The NHTSA gives each vehicle a three-part test, frontal, side-impact and rollover. It rates each car with a set of stars; vehicles receiving five stars in a rollover test, for example, mean that the car has a low likelihood of rolling over. The final star rating score for the car is a compilation of the three separate tests. The IIHS rates cars in four classes, from Poor to Marginal to Acceptable to Good. Cars that have exceptional results may be given a Top Safety Pick award.

If there's a certain vehicle you'd like to take for a test drive, stop by Dick Dyer Volvo Cars in Columbia, SC. Our helpful car specialists can arrange for you to take a car out on the road and answer any questions you may have about its vehicle safety rating.

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