The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) is aiming to improve pedestrian safety by introducing a new rating system.
Euro NCAP provides motorists with independent vehicle safety assessments. Last year 97% of tested vehicles achieved four or five stars for adult occupant protection. By contrast, 67% of these vehicles achieved only two stars for pedestrian safety. The new system aims to encourage manufactures to address this discrepancy.
Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP says, ‘I am delighted that more and more manufacturers are achieving five stars in our crash-tests, but it is imperative that Euro NCAP continues to set higher benchmarks for car makers to aspire to.“
The maximum rating in the new system will continue to be five stars. However, the overall rating will reflect protection offered to pedestrians as well as passengers. Tests will also consider the safety potential of devices such as electronic stability control. First results for vehicles tested under the new system will be released in February 2009.