The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Dec. 7 released front and side crash results for the final 2001 model year vehicle -- the 2001 Volvo S60 -- in their consumer information testing program. The results, posted on the World Wide Web at, show safety ratings for frontal impact and side impact crashes for the model year 2001 S60 four-door passenger car. The 2001 Volvo S60 received a frontal safety rating of four stars on the driver's side and four stars on the passenger's side, and a side safety rating of five stars in the front and five stars in the rear seat. For both frontal and side impact, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best crash protection. Frontal tests should be compared only among vehicles within the same weight class. A fact sheet, containing explanatory information and tables showing NCAP crash test results for model year 2001 vehicles, is available by calling the NHTSA Office of Public and Consumer Affairs, (202) 366-9550; the Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-327-4236; or by writing to NHTSA Public Affairs, Room 5232, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, DC. 20590.