Toyota iQ Gets Five in Euro NCAP Safety Tests
The 2009 3-door hatchback Toyota iQ 1.0 LHD tested by Euro NCAP gained a score of 91 percent, with 15.5 points for frontal impact and 15.6 points for side impacts. Since the rear side of the car can hardly host a child seat, results in this area were pretty poor, with a a result of only 71 percent in child occupants safety tests. In addition, the iQ scored 54 percent in pedestrian tests, with 11.8 points for head and 6 points for legs.
In terms of safety equipment, the iQ sports front seatbelt pretensioners, driver frontal airbag, front passenger frontal airbag, side body airbags, side head airbags and driver keen airbags.
"In the first side barrier test, part of the ISOFIX attachment broke on the restraint containing the 3 year child. Toyota identified the problem as a change of material by Britax-Romer," Euro NCAP wrote after the child occupant safety tests.
After the first testing session, Toyota discovered the glitch and required all authorized dealerships to equip the iQs only with improved material Duo Plus child restraints in order to comply with the current safety requirements," Euro NCAP explained.
"Toyota's counter-measure proved effective and the child restraint remained properly attached to the ISOFIX anchorages. However, the head of the 3 year old was not contained by the side of the restraint and made contact with the seat of the 1½ year old," the organization described the second testing session.
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