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The Government rolls out a new auto safety ratings system

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(NBC) - Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said, "We're raising the bar on safety." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new 5-star rating system includes something they've never been used before: female crash dummies.

"We know that the size and the shape of females is quite different than it is for males," said LaHood. They are also rating how cars perform in side-impact crashes and considering new technology, like rear sensors.

"If a car comes close to you on the side or the rear backup or if they're too close to a car in the front. So we've looked at that technology as a way to really measure safety," said LaHood.

They are collecting more data on injuries, especially head injuries, which now factor into the rating. There is also a new "pole test simulating a 20 mile per hour crash into a 10-inch pole just behind the driver.

"In order to get a 5 star rating you have to manufacture a really safe car," said LaHood.

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