The European organization Euro NCAP conducted the first crash tests in accordance with significantly modified rules announced in May this year. The first model to be tested against new safety standards is the compact hatchback Toyota Yaris
Every two years, Euro NCAP crash test rules become more complex. This time, the key change is the introduction of a new head-on collision with a moving obstacle, simulating a head-on collision with an approaching vehicle.
In addition, the organization has made changes to side impact tests, where cars are hit from both sides, rather than just one, to test the effectiveness of all side airbags and assess the damage that passengers can cause if they come into contact with each other. The tests use a new generation high-tech dummy called THOR, which simulates a person of average physical shape.
The safety of adults in Toyota Yaris is estimated at 86%, children - 81%, pedestrians - 78% and electronic systems - 85%. According to the test results, the hatchback receives five stars out of five.
Overall, the car performed well in all types of tests. At the same time, the dummy readings show a high risk of serious injury to the driver's chest in a frontal collision. However, experts noted the package of active safety systems Safety Sense, which includes emergency braking, including in front of pedestrians and cyclists, the function of keeping the car in the served lane, as well as a traffic sign recognition system.