Car to car side impact test

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Car Safety ratings-ENCAP
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The second most important crash configuration is car to car side impact. Euro NCAP simulates this type of crash by having a mobile deformable barrier (MDB) impact the driver’s door at 50 km/h. The injury protection is assessed by a side impact test dummy, in the driver’s seat.

Although it is difficult to judge the level of protection provided from the extent of intrusion, control of how the car side intrudes is important. Through the programme, Euro NCAP has seen large improvements in side impact performance. The provision of side impact airbags has helped. It is now normal for the cars tested by Euro NCAP to be fitted with side impact airbags.


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