The Euro NCAP: An Overview

euro_ncap_380249The NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) independently tests new cars to evaluate vehicles safety. These evaluations are used to provide ratings for cars which help customers understand how safe a car is before they buy it.

Below are some of the areas of safety the NCAP covers:

Side Impact – Crash test dummies are taken for a ride at 30 mph, with another car impacting into the side of theirs. The aim is to see if the passengers and car survive the collision.

Front Impact – Crash test dummies sit in the front of a car and are involved in a simulated crash into a wall at 40 mph. The aim of this is to see if the car and passengers would survive the crash. The car is awarded points based on the condition of the dummies.

Pedestrian Protection – NCAP carries out tests on the protection vehicles offer to an adult and child pedestrian. They use legforms to assess the level of damaged caused when a car bumps into someone and are voted poor, weak and fair.

Seat Design – NCAP tests seats not for comfort but for how easy they are to adjust and how effective they are at restraining a person’s head during an accident.

Seat Belt Reminders – NCAP gives cars higher ratings that have features that remind people to put their seatbelts on by testing the loudness and length of warning signals.

Speed Limiting Devices – NCAP awards more points to cars that use speed controlling devices such as cruise control etc.

Child Protection – Child crash test dummies are used to represent a 3 year old and 18 month old child. They are tested in frontal and side impact collisions and points are given based on how well the child is protected.

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