19 June 2012 / Vehicles
Toyota's new Prius v, like every vehicle in the Prius family, prioritises safety with seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag. It also has driver and passenger front, side and front/rear curtain shield airbags.
There is a comprehensive package of active and passive safety features as standard.
The foundation for the vehicle's safety is its body structure, which makes extensive use of high tensile strength steel sheet in key areas.
Special impact absorbing features include the latest design whiplash injury protection (WIL) front seats and leg impact absorbing pads in the driver and front passenger foot wells.
Prius v body uses several grades of high-strength steel and selected aluminium panels to optimise body rigidity and passive safety while meeting strict weight targets.
This highly rigid body structure creates a strong central safety cell while optimising ride, handling and stability. It also helps to minimise noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and improves vehicle durability.
The body also has a comprehensive impact absorbing structure for front, side and rear collisions. Pedestrian injury lessening measures include an energy absorber at the front of the front bumper reinforcement and a ribbed structure for the inner bonnet to cushion impact.
Prius v has pre-tensioning and force-limiting front seatbelts, with ELR mechanisms on all seven seatbelts.
All three second row seats have child restraint anchorage points with ISOFIX rigid anchors on the outboard seats.
The Prius v active safety package consists of vehicle stability control with steering assist, ABS, brake assist and traction control.
The braking system combines regenerative braking and an all-new friction braking package, with an Electronically Controlled Brake system (ECB-R) balancing the two.
The Prius v friction brake system has increased braking power compared with Prius, to suit the vehicle's larger size and weight.
The Prius v brake system has a high pedal ratio to reduce the pedal force required and improve pedal feel and brake control.
The LED tail lights have Toyota's emergency brake signal system that blinks the LED brake lights at a frequency of four hertz to warn following drivers when emergency braking is occurring. The system operates when vehicle speed is greater than 55km/h and the system detects a significant deceleration force.
For Prius v i-Tech there is a Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system and Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system.
Dynamic radar cruise control detects vehicles ahead using a millimetre wave radar sensor. Prius v will follow the vehicle ahead, while maintaining a safe vehicle-to-vehicle distance.
The PCS system helps to mitigate impact in the unlikely event of a collision. If the system determines that there is a high possibility of collision, an alarm helps to warn the driver. Pre-crash brake assist helps to improve braking force, while pre-crash braking can help to reduce vehicle speed if the driver does not react quickly enough. The system also retracts the front seat belts to help reduce impact injuries.
The Prius v i-Tech's Intelligent Park Assist (IPA) system helps drivers to perform tricky parallel or reverse parking manoeuvres without any steering operations.