Toyota aggressively investigates accidents and collects huge volumes of accident data from around the world to help design and improve the passive safety systems that help to protect vehicle occupants and pedestrians in accident. Toyota also conducts collision and repeated crash tests on more than 1,600 vehicles per year in order to design vehicles and systems, including body structures and occupant protection devices that minimize the potential for injuries.
The centerpiece of Toyota’s collision testing is the 127,000 square foot collision testing facility located at the Toyota Higashi-Fuji Technical Center. This state-of-the-art safety research facility offers engineers the ability to test vehicle performance in a variety of accident types and across a variety of weather scenarios.
The facility includes ten 425 ft long testing lanes capable of testing vehicles of up to 2 tons, impact angles in 15 degree increments up to 90 degrees, and speeds up to 87 miles per hour. This advanced testing facility also allows Toyota to conduct rollover collisions, including trip-overs and fall-overs.
These tests enable Toyota to evaluate the performance of its vehicles in collisions and accidents more thoroughly than ever before, enabling the design and production of safe and dependable vehicles.