ANCAP Toyota test shows how car safety has vastly improved since 1990s [video]

ANCAP Toyota test shows how car safety has vastly improved since 1990s [video]

Test conducted by road safety body highlights the risks of driving older cars.


Many of us take car safety today for granted. We assume that the car manufacturers have done their jobs properly and built vehicles that are as safe as possible.

But just how much has car safety improved over the years?

To find out, AA New Zealand crashed a 1998 Toyota Corolla into a 2015-built counterpart. Despite being a relatively simple test, the results are pretty eye-opening.

Following the impact, the two cars were graded on their resilience and safety according to current ANCAP (the Australian auto safety administration) standards.

Unsurprisingly, the 1998 car fared a lot worse than its 2015 counterpart, but just how much worse might shock you.

The 1998 Corolla scored a big fat zero (0.4 out of 16) on the ANCAP scale. Sensors on the crash test dummies indicated that any passengers in the vehicle would have sustained substantial injuries to their heads, legs and chests.

The 2015 model, on the other hand, came out of the crash in a lot better shape, scoring an impressive 13 out of 16 points. While a lot of this can be attributed to the car’s airbags – without doubt the most significant safety improvement since the seat belt was first introduced – efficiencies creating a bolstered structure also ensured that the occupants were much better off.

A very interesting factor that’s pointed out in the video is the fact that the most dangerous (older) cars are often being driven by the most dangerous drivers – the really young and elderly.

Speaking about the findings of the test, ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said: “It is unfortunate we tend to see our most at-risk drivers—the young and inexperienced, as well as the elderly and more frail—in the most at-risk vehicles, and we hope this test promotes a conversation to encourage all motorists to consider the safety of their car.”

AA New Zealand said: “People are twice as likely to die in a crash if the car they’re travelling in was built before 2000.”

Check out the video (published on 11 May 2017) below:

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