A crash test is a form of destructive testing usually performed in order to ensure safe design standards in crashworthiness and crash compatibility for various modes of transportation or related systems and components.
Frontal moderate overlap crash test of a 2016 Toyota Tundra.
Side impact crash test of a 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Rollover crash test of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS.
25% small overlap crash test of a 2017 Toyota Tacoma.
Side pole impact crash test of a 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
Frontal full-width crash test of a 2017 Cadillac ATS-V.
Side impact crash test of a 2014 Scion FR-S.
Rear offset impact of a 2015 Ford F-150.
Crash tests are conducted under rigorous scientific and safety standards. Each crash test is very expensive so the maximum amount of data must be extracted from each test. Usually, this requires the use of high-speed data-acquisition, at least one triaxial accelerometer and a crash test dummy, but often includes more.
There are a number of crash test programs around the world dedicated to providing consumers with a source of comparitative information in relation to the safety performance of new and used vehicles. Examples of new car crash test programs include National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's NCAP, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Australasian New Car Assessment Program, EuroNCAP and JapNCAP. Programs such as the Used Car Safety Ratings provide consumers information on the safety performance of vehicles based on real world crash data.