The Japanese based automaker Toyota has hit the jackpot with its new Yaris generation and after the small hatchback managed to score a five star rating at Euro NCAP, the model will definitely attract more customers into the brand.
According to the Euro NCAP specialists, the compact hatchback scored 89 percent for adult occupant protection, but it seems that most protection was offered to the driver in the front impact test, while in the side collision the curtain airbag became trapped behind the trim of the windscreen pillar.
“In the frontal impact, movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the shells of their restraints. The passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch to allow a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. The dangers of using a rearward facing seat in the position without first disabling the airbag are explained in permanently attached labels”, as Euro NCAP says.
Even if the total rating is actually pretty good, the Japanese automaker will most likely have to go back to the drawing board and fix the technical problems, like the airbag which became slightly trapped.