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NHTSA Vehicle Crash Test Database

The NHTSA Vehicle Crash Test Database contains engineering data measured during various types of research, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), and compliance crash tests. Information in this database refers to the performance and response of vehicles and other structures in impacts. This database is not intended to support general consumer safety issues. For general consumer information please see the NHTSA's information on buying a safer car.

Hours of Operation

Access to the Vehicle Crash Test Database is limited to the hours listed below. Outside of these hours the database is unavailable in order to support regular maintenance. Occasionally, the database may be unavailable briefly during the listed hours due to unexpected maintenance or application updates.

NOTE: All times are with respect to Washington, DC, USA (US Eastern, Daylight Savings Time is observed).

Monday - Friday: 06:00 - 21:00 (6 AM - 9 PM)
Sunday: 06:00 - 24:00 (6 AM - Midnight)

Accessing the Database

Interactive Access
Examples of vehicle tests are those done as part of the NCAP and lateral vehicle-to-vehicle impacts. Features of the interactive access tools include drill-down to detail views, support for plotting of the crash test signals, download of individual signals in either NHTSA UDS-1992 or ASCII X-Y (as tab separated values) format, and download of entire test data sets in either NHTSA UDS-1992 or NHTSA EV5 ASCII format.
star Browse the latest tests
Direct get the latest top 10 test.
star Query by test parameters
Includes definitions of data elements identifying the test (type, configuration, date, performing contractor) as well as some elements that identify test conditions (closing speed or impact angle). Signal plotting, signal download, and download of an entire data set are supported by this application.
star Query by vehicle parameters such as make, model, and year
Includes information about the vehicle being tested (make, model, year, engine type) as well as data gathered during testing (travel angle, vehicle damage index, bumper engagement). Signal plotting, signal download, and download of an entire data set are supported by this application.
star Query by barrier parameters
Includes information where a fixed object that doesn't move is involved, such as a bridge rail, a pole, or a flat angled barrier. Information on tests not incorporating a barrier-type element will not be available via this query interface. Signal plotting, signal download, and download of an entire data set are supported by this application.
star Browse the available tests
Signal plotting and signal download are supported by this application.
These are summary catalogs detailing tests released for public access and review. They are generated dynamically with each request from the live database and so reflect the very latest released tests.
arrow Sorted by vehicle MAKE, MODEL, and YEAR
arrow Sorted by NHTSA assigned test number (TSTNO)
arrow Event Data Recorder Reports
Database Exports
The files listed below are exports of the NHTSA Vehicle Crash Test Database made available for download by any user wishing to explore the available crash test specification data. While we cannot provide specific technical assistance for individual database products, a descriptive summary of the format of the export files is available to aid users. The files are compressed ZIP archives of ASCII files. Data fields are delimited by the pipe character ("|") used to designate EVS data fields.

Supporting software will be required to extract the files and import them into other programs. Programs such as Microsoft Access and Excel support an ASCII file import facility and allow the user to select the data field delimiter.

  • Offline Access
    Original high-speed films for earlier tests may be available through the National Archives.