Two new JDM Toyota safety technologies are likely to arrive on future Lexus models in the United States. The first is a system that uses a millimeter-wave radar to detect objects in the vehicle's path. When obstructions are noted, the driver is alerted by an indicator or a sound. If the pending collision is imminent, a pre-crash system activates the brakes, removes slack from the seats belts and then deploys the airbags.
Small cars aren't necessarily unsafe, as good engineering and quality materials can go a long way towards making up for the size disadvantage that they face in many accidents. Sometimes, though, corners can be cut in order to save a few bucks, and the U.K. agency Thatcham suggests that the seats in small city cars could use some help.
Over the past few years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been testing the effectiveness of head and neck restraints in most of the new models that it puts through its battery of batterings, and with good reason. Rear-end collisions are the number one crash on American roads. The latest round of tests reveals that over 60-percent of new trucks, SUVs and minivans are scoring either marginal or poor.
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