The public meeting is structured to be a listening session in which NHTSA considers recommendations from the public on how best to improve NCAP. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and the meeting will be webcast. This meeting was originally scheduled for Sept. 14.
NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program crash-tests new vehicles and rates them on how well they protect occupants in frontal, side, and rollover crashes. Results from these tests are compiled into a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest rating. The vehicle safety ratings appear on window stickers of new cars, and are on NHTSA’s NCAP website at www.nhtsa.gov/ratings. The program also includes a checklist of recommended advanced crash avoidance technology systems such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, crash imminent braking, and dynamic brake support.
8 a.m. – Arrival/Check-in through security
9 a.m. – Introducing NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator (Ryan Posten – Associate Administrator of the Office of Rulemaking)
Welcome remarks by Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King
9:15 a.m. – Introducing session chairs (Jennifer Dang – Division Chief of the New Car Assessment Program)
9:20 a.m. – Speakers on consumer information (Susan McMeen – Chair)
10:05 a.m. – Speakers on ratings system (Jennifer Dang – Chair)
10:30 – Break
10:40 a.m. – Speakers on crash avoidance (David Hines – Chair)
11:35 a.m. – Lunch (not provided)
12:45 p.m. – Speakers on crash avoidance (continued) (David Hines – Chair)
1:35 p.m. – Speakers on crashworthiness (Jennifer Dang – Chair)
2:30 p.m. – Speakers on other topics (Jennifer Dang – Chair)
2:50-2:55 p.m. – Closing remarks from NHTSA (TBD)