Toyota Safety


Everyone deserves to be safe.  Which is why Toyota is doing even
more to enhance our cars' safety and technology.

$1,000,000/HR! - Toyota is currently investing one million dollars an hour to enhance the safety and technology of our vehicles!

The number of top safety picks for Toyota in 2010 awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  No other brand has more!

The number of feet of test track it takes a Camry
V6 to stop from 70 MPH!

The percentage of Toyota vehicles that now come standard
with the Star Safety System!

The number of advanced safety features that make
up the Star Safety System!

The number of engineers and technical associates that make
up Toyota's rapid response SMART teams!

The amount in dollars that Toyota spends per hour on research and development to enhance the safety and technology of its vehicles!

Star Safety System -  Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make features of the star safety system standard on all vehicles!

Vehicle Stability Control -  Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps prevent wheel-slip and loss of traction by reducing engine power and applying brake force to the wheels that need it (Figure 1).  Front wheel-slip can occur when the front wheels lose traction during cornering and begin to drift toward the outside of the turn (Figure 2).  Rear wheel-slip can occur when the rear wheels lose traction and cause the vehicle to slide around (Figure 3).  Toyota's VSC monitors your steering angle and the direction your vehicle is actually traveling and senses when your front or rear wheels begin to slip.When it senses this loss of traction or slip, VSC reduces engine power and applies braking to the individual wheels that need it to help correct the slip and keep the vehicle in the intended path.

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Traction Control (TRAC) -  Traction Control helps maintain traction on wet, icy, loose or uneven surfaces by applying brake force to the spinning wheel(s). Let's say you're driving and come upon a snowy or icy patch on an uneven road (Figure 1). If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow, wheel-spin occurs, and you come to a stop (Figure2).  Toyota's Traction Control sensors are activated when one of the wheels starts to slip. TRAC limits engine output and applies the brakes to the spinning wheel (Figure 3). This transfers power to the wheels that still have traction to help you go safely on your way.

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Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) -  ABS helps prevent brakes from locking up by "pulsing" brake pressure to each wheel to help you stay in control in emergency braking situations.  When something unexpected appears in your path, you instinctively swerve to avoid it and jam on the brakes. However, without ABS, the brakes can lock up, the vehicle starts to skid, and you struggle to stay in control (Figure 1).  Toyota's ABS sensors detect which wheels are locking up and prevent the lockup by "pulsing" the brakes at each wheel independently. Pulsing releases brake pressure repeatedly for fractions of a second - a reaction time not possible for humans (Figure 2).  This means the wheels never stop rotating and that helps the car to avoid going into a skid, helping you stay in control (Figure 3).
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Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) -  Toyota's ABS technology has Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to help keep the vehicle more stable and balanced when braking.  If you have to stop abruptly, momentum causes the vehicle to tilt forward and reduces the brake force of the rear tires (Figure 1).  But in a Toyota, EBD responds to sudden stops by redistributing brake force. Wheels with more braking effectiveness receive more brake force; wheels with less effectiveness receive less brake force (Figure 2). This helps prevent brake lockup.  EBD is especially helpful when carrying cargo. Sensors recognize the extra load the cargo puts on the rear axle, so brake pressure on the rear wheels is increased because the extra weight improves braking effectiveness (Figure 3).

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Brake Assist (BA) - Brake Assist is designed to detect sudden or "panic" braking and adds the full pressure needed to help prevent a collision.  If something rolls out into the street in front of a vehicle, there's only a split second to react (Figure 1).  Because the reaction time is so short before the driver hits the brakes, not enough pressure may be applied. As a result, the car may not stop in time.  But in a Toyota, if a driver fails to apply enough pressure to the brake, the Brake Assist sensors will detect this sudden or "panic" braking and add pressure (Figure 2). This additional pressure can help the driver avoid hitting the object.

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SMART TEAMS -  To Help ensure a rapid response Toyota has established SMART teams.  SMART is short for Swift Market Analysis Response Teams.  There are 200 engineers and technical associates that that make up Toyota's SMART teams that are available to preform on site analysis.

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