WASHINGTON -- Beginning this year, each new Honda and Acura vehicle will have a window sticker that shows how it performed in government crash tests, American Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday.
The company is volunteering to post the safety ratings along with required price and fuel economy information. Honda calls the move a safety benefit for consumers. Vehicles get one to five stars for how well they protect crash dummies in front and side impacts and for how well they resist rolling over.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill by John Mendel, Honda's senior vice president for automobile operations. He was joined by Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, sponsor of legislation that requires the posting of the safety ratings on vehicle windows.
The provision, known as Stars on Cars, is part of the Senate-passed version of a major, multiyear highway bill.
House and Senate negotiators are working on resolving differences between versions of the legislation so that a final bill can be sent to the White House, possibly this week.
The voluntary program will start with 2006 cars and trucks.
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