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Euro NCAP gives Yeti five stars - 1st September 2009

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The ŠKODA Yeti has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, showing it to be one of the safest cars on the market. The Yeti was praised for its excellent adult and child occupant protection, as well as its protection for pedestrians. Thanks to its stable body structure made of high-strength steel, the Yeti received an excellent 92 per cent in the occupant protection category. The protection provided by its airbags helped the Yeti score maximum points in the side impact category.

The Euro NCAP assessment report said: “ŠKODA has shown that it provides an equal degree of protection for passengers of all sizes, sitting in various positions (in all seats).“ Dr. Eckhard Scholz, ŠKODA Auto board of directors member responsible for technological development , said: “The result shows our commitment to safety aspects at the development stage [including] seat geometry tests and the strength of the applied materials. We test various seat settings and work hard to improve the properties of the entire system. To ensure maximum possible protection, the system must be in perfect harmony. We use state-of-the-art technology and test methods, as safety is one of the key aspects in developing new ŠKODA vehicles.”

The Yeti's did particularly well in the whiplash test – a new category established this year to assess the stability of the seats and the degree of protection of the occupants from cervical spine injuries in rear impacts. The Yeti's result is one of the best of all the vehicles tested so far. ŠKODA engineers put great emphasis on active safety when developing the Yeti. As required by Euro NCAP, the passenger airbag indicator light comes on when the airbag is deactivated. On starting the vehicle, an ‘Airbag On’ display informs the driver that the airbag is activated. As a standard part of the vehicle's equipment, the ŠKODA Yeti is fitted with the ISOFIX system for mounting child seats onto rear seats.

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