An automaker’s safety tests aren’t generally something the average driver keeps track of, especially when government agencies like the NHTSA and IIHS rate almost every vehicle there is. But this is something you should pay attention to: Toyota’s safety tests are getting an upgrade and in a big way. For the first time, child-size models will be added to testing software.
Toyota’s software isn’t just used by Toyota themselves. The Japanese automaker sells the software to other automakers, suppliers, and researchers around the world. While Toyota first began research on child models in 2000, the company has just now completed enough research to add child models to the virtual testing software.
The software simulates injuries during a crash on a computer and the results are used to improve airbags, seat shapes, and more. In total, three new models will be added to the safety software.
The models represent children aged three, six, and 10 and are 3’1”, 3’11”, and 4’6” tall, respectively. Their size and weight are based on the average United States child’s size according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At Wondries Toyota, we’re happy to see the inclusion of child models in order to further protect families everywhere!