Most new cars have a five-star safety rating – but there are some important differences. For example, five stars do not always add up to six or more airbags. Some car makers provide only enough (four) airbags to earn the five-star rating.
For complete peace of mind, be sure to check there are two front, two side (usually in the outer cushion of the front seats) and two head-protecting “curtain” airbags that drop down from the roof above the side windows – front and rear.
Some cars have knee-protecting airbags under the steering column and near the glovebox, while others also have rear-seat airbags.