Toyota believes that auto safety technologies need to protect more than just the occupants of a vehicle. Studies in Japan have found that pedestrians account for approximately 30% of all traffic accident fatalities there, with more than half of these fatalities caused by injuries to the head. In cases of injuries requiring treatment for more than a month, over 40% of pedestrians suffered injuries to their legs and 20% endured injuries to their heads. To help reduce these figures, Toyota has developed an innovative body structure for its vehicles that can help reduce these head and leg injuries to pedestrians in low speed accidents.
How does it work?
Toyota’s Impact Absorbing Front Body is designed to absorb energy from a collision. Since the pedestrian is struck by the front of the car body in most accidents, Toyota has developed impact-absorbing structures for engine hoods, front fenders, and bumper areas that help to disperse force from a crash and to reduce pedestrian head and leg injuries in low speed accidents.