The NHTSA does a number of things that help to protect consumers. Some examples of these include:
- Regulation. The NHTSA sets standards for safety that must be met by all vehicles sold in the US. These include things like seat belts but also things like the amount of impact that a car must be able to withstand. These regulations ensure that consumers will not buy cars that do not meet some minimum safety levels.
- Testing. The NHTSA tests vehicles to make sure that they meet the standards mentioned above. They also test how well various cars protect passengers against various kinds of collisions.
- Public information campaigns. The agency tries to protect people by making them aware of ways that they could increase their safety while driving.
All of these are ways in which the NHTSA helps to protect consumers.