The Euro NCAP is set to receive an overhaul next year to prevent car manufacturers from skewing the current star ratings system in their favour.
The changes will entail combining the currently separate adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and pedestrian protection rating into one single score.
Previously car manufacturers have quoted only their best scoring category, not giving an accurate indication of a vehicles true safety performance.
“We’ve seen great advances in the occupant protection of cars since our tests started in 1997. Many models now get a full five stars for adult safety. However, the same can’t be said for pedestrian protection. Maybe the way our rating system works is to blame, as it has allowed firms to publicise only their vehicle’s occupant protection score.”
Euro NCAP’s secretary general Michiel van Ratingen hopes these changes will encourage manufactures to improve all areas of occupant and pedestrian safety, as currently an average of all three scores largely reveals poor results.
There are also plans to introduce testing on whiplash protection and awarding bonus marks for crash avoidance systems, such as electronic stability control.