If you are looking for a specific
vehicle, check the government or independent center that covers your own
country/continent. The websites for testing centers operated by the
relevant car manufacturer (currently only Volvo
and Honda are listed) should also be viewed, if possible, in order to see what that company
is doing in terms of safety, but as theirs is a development role they will
give details for specific vehicle types.
Europe, Euro NCAP is the
best source of information, and the Australian ANCAP programme is largely
based upon this.
the USA you can read an explanation, here,
by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), about
crash testing procedures.
If you are considering the purchase of a Japanese
vehicle but live in the USA it is better to check the American testing
center information first -- in case the car you want is listed by the IIHS
-- rather than go directly to sources in Japan, as some cars have different specifications depending upon where they are
to be sold.
The Volvo Crash Testing
Laboratory, in Stockholm,
Sweden is the most advanced research center of its type in the world and
is said to set the standard by which all other testing centers should be judged.
Japan, Honda opened the world's first indoor crash testing
center, at Tochigi, in May 2000. This was followed by the opening of a
second center, in Ohio, in 2003. View
the details here.
Thomas Geiger, of the Deutsche
Presse-Agentur (October 14, 2003).