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Euro NCAP celebrates 20 years of crash testing that has reduced UK car occupant deaths and injuries by 63%

Euro NCAP has released a dramatic video that graphically demonstrates the massive improvements made to car safety over the past 20 years. The footage shows a 1997 Rover 100 that crumples up in a 40mph offset frontal impact, seriously injuring the driver, alongside the latest Honda Jazz, which provides a high level of protection to its occupants. 

“Wherever you were sitting in the Rover 100 it was bad news,” said Matthew Avery of Thatcham Research, one of Euro NCAP's crash test centres. "In a head-on crash at 40mph, you definitely do not walk away.” The occupants of the Honda Jazz are likely to have walked away from the same crash with just bruising.

Watch the 20th anniversary of crash testing video:

However, all new cars. It states that doing so would prevent 2700 deaths and serious injuries in the UK every year.

It is also calling on motorists to buy only Euro NCAP five-star-rated models and to ensure their cars are fitted with autonomous emergency braking and a lane keeping assistance system.

Euro NCAP isn’t standing still. It is introducing new tests in 2018 to assess lane assist systems that can control a car’s steering to avoid a potential collision, systems that will help to reduce crashes at road junctions and improved pedestrian and cyclist-detecting AEB systems. 

Read more - What Car? guide to Euro NCAP crash testing

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naveenkarolla123 13 June 2019

Car Crashes

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androo 2 February 2017

Jazz not the best to use as an example

Look at the short little curtain airbag in this European spec Jazz. in the USA they had to change this because it failed the small overlap crash test. Compare on th eIIHS website. They beefed up the structure on that model too but perhaps not on the one we buy here, and who knows if the crash structure is as strong on the passenger side because even the Americans are only just staarting to test that. Crash protection and test uniformity still has a way to go.