Euro NCAP marks a major milestone this year as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were launched in 1997. Over 630 safety ratings were published, some 1,800 cars crash-tested and over 160 million Euro was collectively spent to make cars safer.
The first tests published in 1997 exposed safety failings in top-selling family cars, forcing a fundamental rethink in the way vehicles were designed to prevent accidents. Twenty years on, 9 out of 10 cars sold on the European market hold a Euro NCAP rating and the motor industry actively supports the development of new requirements for the top safety ratings.