First ”supermini” to get five stars

02 September 2004 #SMMT News

The new Renault Modus has been awarded the maximum five star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash tests. The Modus is the first ‘supermini’ to be awarded the full five stars for occupant protection and also the coveted four star rating for child protection.

A strong passenger compartment with efficient crumple zones to dissipate energy, two-stage adaptive airbags, and dual pretensioners limit injury to passengers. The new car also comprises a six airbag system, two twin-stage, adaptive airbags in the front seats and four lateral airbags (two front and rear side airbags that protect occupants’ heads and chests).

A seat slide sensor can adapt the safety belt system to the size and position of the driver. Front safety belts offer additional protection thanks to their double pretentioners and 4kN load limiters that avoid excess pressure on the thorax.

To protect occupants in the event of a head-on collision, the engine, gearbox, battery and other components stack so that the cabin structure can crumple as programmed. The brake pedals collapse, and steering column retracts to protect the driver’s chest, shins and ankles. A reinforced cabin structure made from very high strength steel panels absorbs energy, turning the cabin into a survival cell.

Adrian Hobbs, Secretary General of Euro NCAP said ‘You don’t have to buy a big car to be safe’. Manufacturers committed to safety ‘can introduce leading-edge safety designs that will protect people in the event of an injury.’

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