New Honda CR-V Received 5 Star Safety Rating

 Honda CR-V Safety Rating

Honda’s new CR-V which is built here in the UK at Honda’s state of the art facility in Swindon has just? been rated one of the safest passenger cars in Europe. The car has been awarded the maximum 5 – star rating by Euro NCAP which carries our independent crash testing on new vehicles. The rating system is based on the overall safety of the vehicle taking into account things like safety features and their affects in the event of a collision, occupant protection, child protection and also the protection of pedestrians . All these areas are tested and scores given accordingly, this information is finally used to give the car an overall rating that can easily be understood by potential buyers.

Honda CRV Front

The Euro NCAP rating system was introduced in February 2009 and so far all Honda models that have been tested have achieved the maximum rating of 5 – stars, these include the Accord, Jazz, Insight, CR-Z, Civic and obviously the new CR-V.

Since the introduction of Euro NCAP’s current rating scheme (February 2009) all Honda models tested have achieved 5 stars – Accord, Insight, Jazz, CR-Z, Civic and most recently the new CR-V. Honda’s commitment to vehicle safety is clear and embodied by their term “Safety for Everyone” – safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Some of the Honda’s safety hightlights that can be found in the new CR-V

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control – VSA is a stability system that helps the driver maintain control during sudden manoevures, cornering and acceleration. The system works by intervening, controlling the brakes interdependently on both sides of the vehicle as required and altering the engine torque output to help maintain traction.

Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (MA-EPS) – works in conjunction with the VSA system to detect slippery conditions when cornering and braking correcting the drivers steering input helping the driver to trace the curve and maintain traction and stability. The system also helps mitigate understeer and oversteer by again intervening and helping the driver trace the vehicle curve.

Emergency Stop System (ESS)
This system recognises an emergency stop situation and? automatically activates the brakes and switches the hazard warning lights on giving drivers behind the quickest warning of the vehicle suddenly stopping, maximising reaction time thus reducing the risk of a collision.

Honda CRV 2013 model

Advanced Driving Assist Systems (ADAS)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)? –

uses a camera mounted on top of the windscreen to detect lane deviate on dual carriageways or motorways when the indicators have not been used. If the system senses lane deviation it will automatically intervene with 80% of the corrective steering torque required and alert the driver both visually and audibly to provide the additional 20% to recover the vehicles deviation. This can significantly help in the prevention of accidents due to example driver fatigue

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

When used ACC works in a similar way to traditional cruise control but with the added safety benefit of being able to select both the distance and speed from the vehicle in front. Using a millimetre-wave radar situated in the front grill if the vehicle starts to get too close to the vehicle in front the system will intervene reducing power, applying up to 25% of maximum braking power and alert the driver to apply the brakes should stronger deceleration be required both audibly and visually.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)

Using similar sensing methods as the adaptive cruise control CMBS keeps an eye on the distance and speed between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. Should the system notice the distance reducing too much or a sudden reduction in distance the driver is alerted that a collision is likely giving the driver those extra split seconds to reaction that can make a huge difference when a collision is unavoidable.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure – The (ACE) body structure has been introduced progressively to new models in the Honda range and was developed at the car crash test facility at Tochigi. The system uses a front polygonal main frame to distribute energy through main load bearing routes of the body structure keeping it away from the occupant area. The design also helps prevent under / over drive situations where a car of a different height may travel underneath or over the top of the other car involved in a collision.

Pedestrian Protection – The new CR-V has been constructed in such a way to absorb energy from a collision with a pedestrian helping minimise potential injury. This includes wing mounts and bonnet hinges that absorb energy, an area under the bonnet that has been left as an open space allowing a bigger area for deformation of the front of the car and wipers that break away on impact.

Whiplash Mitigation System – Slits are placed in the parts of the font seats back along with folds in the cushions spring. This design has been made to reduce the severity of neck injuries to the front passengers should a rear collision occur.

Side Airbags with Rollover Sensor – This system will deploy airbags from the roof of the vehicle monitoring each side of the car should a sufficient side impact occur. These airbags give the occupants a great level of protection at head level particularly to the window areas. A roll over sensor has also been used to monitor G-force should the vehicle turn-over and deploy the airbags accordingly.

For more information please visit:?http://www.euroncap.com

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