Promoting a safer mobile world is – and always will be – one of Toyota’s top priorities. Through the development of innovative technologies, Toyota remains committed to ongoing safety improvements – a commitment that is recognized with accolades like multiple IIHS Awards.
In pursuit of a safe driving environment, Toyota takes an integrated approach that brings together distinct areas of driving.
* Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Do not rely exclusively on the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System. There are limitations to the function, detection and range of the system. You should also look around outside your vehicle, over your shoulder and use your mirrors to confirm rearward clearance. For a complete list of limitations and directions, please see your Owner’s Manual.
** Blind Spot Monitor
Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor System to determine if a lane change is safe. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal before changing lanes. There are several limitations to the function, detection, range and clarity of the monitor. For a complete list of limitations and directions regarding use of the monitor system, please see your Owner’s Manual.
*** Pre-Collision System
The Pre-Collision System is designed to help reduce the crash speed and damage in certain frontal collisions only. It is not a collision-avoidance system or a substitute for safe and attentive driving.
Evolution of Safety
We're continually investing in research and development to find new ways to raise our quality, working to help keep you safe. That means leading the way when it comes to packaging safety features on our vehicles – so when you get behind the wheel, you can focus on the journey ahead and the simple joy of driving.
Toyota Safety Sense* TM
Toyota believes that no matter the destination, everyone deserves to arrive safely. Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) offers an advanced suite of safety features standard on virtually all models by Autumn 2017.
TSS is available in two packages.
First introduced in 2011, our features six accident avoidance safety technologies to enhance your vehicle's stability, braking and traction.
Vehicle Stability Control
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Anti-Lock Brake System
Smart Stop Technology
At Toyota, we know that your peace of mind while driving is paramount. That’s why we were the first full line manufacturer to introduce our Star Safety SystemTM as standard equipment with its six advanced accident avoidance technologies – including ABS, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and more.
ABS helps prevent brakes from locking up by "pulsing" brake pressure to each wheel to help you stay in control in emergency braking situations.Without ABS
When something unexpected appears in your path, you may instinctively swerve to avoid it and jam on the brakes.Without ABS
However, without ABS, the brakes can lock up, the vehicle starts to skid, and you struggle to stay in control.With ABS
Toyota's ABS sensors detect which wheels are locking up and reduce the lockup by "pulsing" the brakes at each wheel independently.With ABS
Pulsing releases brake pressure repeatedly for fractions of a second – a reaction time not possible for humans.With ABS
This means the wheels never stop rotating and that helps the car to avoid going into a skid, helping you stay in control.
Brake Assist is designed to detect sudden or "panic" braking and then add the full pressure needed to help prevent a collision.Without Brake Assist
If something rolls out into the street in front of a vehicle, there's only a split second to react.Without Brake Assist
Because the reaction time is so short before the driver hits the brakes, not enough pressure may be applied.Without Brake Assist
As a result, the car may not stop in time.With Brake Assist
Toyota's Brake Assist can help in this situation.With Brake Assist
If a driver fails to apply enough pressure to the brake, the Brake Assist sensors will detect this sudden or "panic" braking and add the pressure needed.With Brake Assist
This additional pressure can help the driver avoid hitting the object.
* Brake Assist is designed to help the driver take full advantage of the benefits of ABS. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Braking effectiveness also depends on proper brake-system maintenance and tire and road conditions.
Toyota's ABS technology has Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to help keep the vehicle more stable and balanced when braking.Without EBD
If you have to stop abruptly, momentum causes the vehicle to tilt forward and reduces the brake-force effectiveness of the rear tires.With EBD
But in a Toyota, EBD responds to sudden stops by redistributing brake force. Wheels with more braking effectiveness receive more brake force; wheels with less effectiveness receive less brake force. This helps prevent brake lockup.With EBD
EBD is especially helpful when carrying cargo. Sensors recognize the extra load the cargo puts on the rear axle, so brake pressure on the rear wheels is increased because the extra weight improves braking effectiveness.
VSC helps prevent wheelslip and loss of traction by reducing engine power and applying brake force to the wheels that need it.Without VSC
Front wheelslip can occur when the front wheels lose traction during cornering and begin to drift toward the outside of the turn.Without VSC
When the front wheels lose traction during cornering, they begin to drift toward the outside of the turn.With VSC
Toyota's VSC monitors your steering angle and the direction your vehicle's actually travelling and senses when your front wheels begin to slip.With VSC
When it senses your front wheels lose traction or slip, VSC reduces engine power and applies braking to the individual wheels that need it.With VSC
This helps correct the slip and keep the vehicle in the intended path.
* Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is an electronic system designed to help the driver maintain vehicle control under adverse conditions. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether VSC will be effective in preventing a loss of control. Please see your Owner's Manual for further details.
Traction Control helps maintain traction on wet, icy, loose or uneven surfaces by applying brake force to the spinning wheel(s).Without TRAC
If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow, and one or more wheels loses grip -- yet continues to spin -- your vehicle may come to a stop.Without TRAC
Without TRAC, there is nothing to apply the brakes to the spinning wheel so it can get traction.With TRAC
Toyota's Traction Control sensors are activated when one of the wheels starts to slip.With TRAC
TRAC limits engine output and applies the brakes to the spinning wheel.With TRAC
This transfers power to the wheels that still have traction to help you go safely on your way.
As an added measure of safety, Toyota created the braking system enhancement known as Smart Stop Technology. This advanced technology automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time.
Smart Stop Technology intervenes when the accelerator is depressed first and the brakes are applied firmly for longer than one-half second at speeds greater than eight kilometres per hour.
In normal driving conditions, you won't notice Smart Stop Technology as it is imperceptible. The feature doesn't engage if the brake pedal is depressed before the accelerator pedal. This allows for vehicles starting on a steep hill to safety accelerate without rolling backward (known as hill start).
Safety Video Gallery
See some of our innovative safety features in action.
The Traction Control feature limits wheel spin on slippery surfaces, when driving in a straight line.
Help improve awareness on the road with the Blind Spot Monitor function.
Regulate not only your speed, but also the distance from vehicles in front of you with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control function.
The Parking Assist system uses sensors mounted around the vehicle to detect obstacles close by and alerts the driver with an audible signal.
The Rear Cross Traffic Alert assists in alerting you of rear cross traffic and helps in avoiding collisions when backing up.
Activate the available Pre-Collision System to assist in detecting obstacles in front of your vehicle and assess the potential for a collision.
Use the Vehicle Stability Control function to help maintain control when turning on slippery surfaces.
Lane Departure Alert detects visible white and yellow lane markings, giving you both visual and audio alerts in the event of lane deviation.
Activate Automatic High Beams to automatically switch between high and low beams as appropriate, getting the most light possible without dazzling other drivers.
The available backup camera supplements your vision and assists with reversing and parking maneuvers.
Downhill Assist Control helps the vehicle maintain stability on steep downgrades at low speeds, by controlling the speed and preventing the brakes from locking.
Some Toyota vehicles include a Hill Start Assist Control function, which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting off on an incline.
Some Toyota vehicles are equipped with the added safety of a tire pressure monitoring system that alerts you when it senses low pressure in one of your tires.
Quality Builds Excellence
Toyota vehicles are built with legendary quality, durability, and reliability. Not only does this mean years of driving enjoyment, it also extends to your safety behind the wheel.
Toyota crashes more than 600 vehicles a year – for safety purposes. We’ve developed a set of comprehensive crash tests with a number of sensors at the prototype phase, and with each collision, we examine the effects and make improvements to the design. Repeating the process over and over, we are constantly creating and then analyzing possible collision scenarios.
Checking... and Triple Checking
Take our airbags, for example. Not only do electronic connections for the airbag system have gold-plated terminals, making them immune to corrosion, every single airbag that comes out of a Toyota plant is inspected three separate times on the production line before being connected.
Safety in the Community
Our commitment to safety goes beyond the vehicles we build. Toyota partners with a number of community groups and organizations engaged in road safety research, taking part in the development of safe driving programs, in collaborative new safety technologies, and in hands-on driver education.
Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
Canada's world-renowned TIRF aims to better understand the causes of traffic injuries and develop mitigating programs and policies. Since 2002, Toyota has partnered with TIRF to conduct studies and develop educational resources for young drivers — and help all Canadians better understand today's complex safety technologies.
kartSTART is a unique hands-on education program that uses go-karts to introduce young drivers to the demands and dynamics of life behind the wheel. And, using exclusively Toyota vehicles, kartSTART also introduces older drivers to the latest vehicle safety technologies, helping them get the most out of our Star Safety SystemTM.
Collaborative Safety Research Centre (CSRC)
In 2011, Toyota launched the CSRC to serve as a catalyst for the advancement of auto safety in North America. Partnering with universities, hospitals, institutions and agencies on different projects, the CSRC shares the results of its research so that the entire industry — and ultimately drivers everywhere — can benefit.