Volvo V40 gives Euro NCAP its highest ever pedestrian safety score
- 03 September 2012
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Euro NCAP have recently tested six new models and were impressed overall with the rise in safety levels achieved by the manufacturers with Volvo receiving the most accolade for its high scoring pedestrian protection technology.
Improvement and Innovation
The Isuzu D-Max is the biggest mover, achieving a 4 star rating which is a huge improvement on its 2 star rating from 2008, only losing out on a 5 star rating with a score of 51% for pedestrian safety, just slightly under the 60% required.
The Ford B-MAX also impressed. Its new pillarless design was obviously going to come under scrutiny from safety critics but NCAP have deemed that safety was uncompromised, giving it a 92% score for occupancy safety and an overall 5 star rating.
Volvo’s latest V40 was the biggest winner and has set a new benchmark in safety, its new superpower is the World’s first pedestrian airbag fitted as standard across the V40 range.
It works by deploying an airbag from under the bonnet when sensors detect impact with a pedestrian, the airbag covers the A-pillars providing some cushioned protection to the unfortunate pedestrian.
The system scored 88% in the pedestrian protection test, which is NCAP’s highest score ever for that part of the test.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, says : ‘In Europe, 14 percent of all road traffic fatalities are pedestrians. While in the last three years Euro NCAP has increased the requirements, the vehicle manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge. The scores observed today were unthinkable just a few years ago with the new V40 setting a new standard.’