Sure that all present here have heard of the tests Euro NCAP or have seen some other video of these crash arson in a test centre. These tests are used to evaluate the different models of the european market in terms of safety, something that, luckily, we cannot assess in our routine tests. But these tests were not born with the arrival of the first cars, but “only” met 20 years.
According to themselves, from their arrival until our days these tests have managed to save the lives of 78,000 people, which is said soon. At its birth, back in 1997, made to the society that the best selling models were not too sure, something that corroborated with the images and the video of the test crash they did. In the video that we leave then we can see a real evolution in security passive, comparing a car from 1997 with another, 2017 and similar sizes (Rover 100 and Honda Jazz).
This short film of less than a minute is sufficient to check the progress in passive safety of our cars in just two decades. In 1997, Euro NCAP tested seven of the best selling models of the time. With a maximum of 4 stars, only two came to reach 3 stars (Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo), four models were rated with 2-star (Fiat Punto, Opel Corsa, Nissan Micra and Renault Clio) and the one with only 1 star (Rover 100). None of them came to get the maximum score of 4 stars.
In the video we have been able to see the small Rover was totally wrinkled in the shock-proof frontolateral. The pillars don’t hold up to the force of the impact, the windshield flies off, like the driver’s door, and the steering wheel almost ends up in the back seats being completely useless to your airbag. In the case of the Honda Jazz, which has been awarded a score of 5 stars, the pillars resist without problems the clash, the doors don’t open, the windshield is held in place and the different airbags perform their function as they should.
different manufacturers said, in those times, that was a test so demanding that was impossible that a car achieving the maximum (4 stars), showing their rejection of these tests and questioning how realistic that could be in comparison with a real accident. A few months after Euro NCAP evaluated the Volvo S40, which would be the first model to reach the maximum score of the time.
Today, all manufacturers rely on the evidence and are struggling to reach to reach the maximum level of security, even though the tests and evaluations are overcoming, and it is increasingly difficult to get to the 5 stars. Because not only assesses occupant protection adults, but also take into account children, abuse to pedestrians or systems active safety that prevent accidents or minimize damage.
From here we can only say one thing: thank you for improving our security.
Source – Euro NCAP