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BMW 5 Series Crash Test - Web Exclusive

Jun 2, 2010


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The new BMW 5 Series passed the latest Euro NCAP crash test with the top rating of 5 stars. The sixth generation of the 5er performed impressively on the test, which was extended to include additional criteria in '09 with its comprehensive safety fittings as standard as well as a highly effective vehicle occupant protection system for various collision types. With its outstanding results on vehicle occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and standard safety features, the new 5 Series moves into the leading position within its segment. It is also the first BMW to receive a 100% on the Euro NCAP crash test rating for outstanding safety features.

Highly resilient bearer structures and generously sized deformation zones provide the basis for the passenger cell to be able to perform its function as a survival space for occupants in the event of serious collisions. For example, the forces acting in the event of a head-on collision are dissipated by a number of load paths in the floor assembly, side frame, front wall and roof and absorbed in the deformation zones. Reinforced side structures in the B columns and sills, highly rigid door reinforcements and stable seat lower cross-braces reduce deformation depth as well as intrusion speed in the event of side collisions.

The highly efficient restraint systems in the interior are controlled by a safety electronics system and feature front and pelvis-thorax airbags as well as curtain head airbags for both seat rows. All seats are fitted with three-point automatic seat belts. The restraint systems are fitted with belt force limiters and the front seats also have a belt tensioner function. The front seats are also fitted as standard with active headrests which provide protection from cervical spine injury in the event of a rear impact. Depending on the type and intensity of the accident, the central safety electronics system triggers the most effective protection elements as appropriate.

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One feature which optimizes active safety in the 5 Series is DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). The precise control and unusually wide range of functions provided by this system ensure easily controllable and safe handling even in demanding situations on the road. What is more the Speed Limit Device, another standard feature, and the belt detection function for all seats also contribute to the fact that the 5 Series is the first product to receive a 100% rating for safety fittings on the Euro NCAP crash test.

After analysing the test results, Euro NCAP testers certified that the new 5 Series provides an extremely stable passenger cell which ensures extensive protection from injury both for driver and passengers, regardless of their size and seating position. Maximum points were especially scored on the side impact test, with particularly effective protection for adult passengers being achieved on all other test scenarios.

The analysis of vehicle occupant protection for children showed an outstanding performance by the 5 Series. The maximum point score was awarded on the test for seating systems designed for children aged three, for both head-on and side impact. Both test scenarios also registered a stable position and minimum head movement at the moment of collision in the use of seating systems designed for children aged one and a half and three. The NCAP crash test now attaches greater importance to pedestrian protection. The 5 Series meets modern demands with its elaborately modeled body elements featuring yielding structures at the vehicle front and an active bonnet which contributes to the reduction of injury risk in pedestrians and cyclists. Its pyrotechnical trigger mechanism is activated at speeds of between 15 and 34 mph as soon as the data registered by sensors indicate a collision, raising the bonnet at the front and rear. The testers awarded maximum points for the front bumper and for those elements of the vehicle front section which are relevant to head injuries in children in the event of a collision.

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