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Car safety

Safety features, technology and standards designed to keep you safe. 

Ensuring your car has the right safety features can make all the difference in a collision. Manufacturers are continually developing vehicle safety technology to help prevent or reduce the effects of a collision.  Steering wheel and dashboard

Car safety features

Our videos explain how new car safety technologies have been designed to help keep you and others safe. 

EuroNCAP rating

If you are thinking about buying a car, whether new or used, you should first check the safety rating of the model of car you are considering. 

A good source of information is the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). Euro NCAP provides a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe by rating their performance in crash testing. Consumers can then compare the safety performance of similarly sized vehicles.

You can use the Euro NCAP safety performance lookup feature below to compare results of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The lookup is best viewed on larger screens. 

Select all years to see the most recent and previous EuroNCAP safety ratings.

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If you are thinking about buying a car, you should first check the safety rating of the model of car you are considering.

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