Toyota is considered as one of the world’s largest car manufacturer. Its vehicles are popular since these are reliable and of good quality. However, Toyota has previously experienced a lot of challenges particularly by issues of vehicle recall. This particular issue has somehow shaken Toyota’s worldwide image. As a result, the company is currently devoting a lot of time, money, and efforts to improve its vehicle’s overall quality and safety. This situation has resulted to the development of Toyota’s “Star Safety System”.
This system was basically established to address to the growing issue that confronts the safety features of every Toyota vehicles. The company has formed a separate division that looks upon the safety aspects of the cars they produce and released into the market for car finders to purchase. As of the present, the Star Safety System is focused on further improving the safety capabilities of their cars by using the following technologies.
1. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
The Vehicle Stability Control was created to improve the driver’s control over a Toyota vehicle. In this particular aspect, Toyota safety engineers have found that wheel slip is one of the common reasons why most drivers are losing control of the vehicle that they are driving. Due to this discovery, Toyota engineers came up with the idea of inventing and using the VSC as the solution for this problem.
The VSC prevents wheelslips and loss of traction by prompting the engine to reduce the power that it is supplying on the wheels while applying brakes to those that is in need of such. Due to this, the traction of the vehicle is improved allowing the driver to take control of the vehicle and drive it smoothly. The VSC continues to monitor the vehicle’s steering angle and direction and automatically reduces the engine’s power and apply the needed brakes when slipping occurs.
2. Traction Control
Aside from the VSC, almost every Toyota vehicle in the market right now is equipped with the Traction Control or TRAC. This safety mechanism is helping the vehicle to maintain road traction and prevents the car from slipping. Since slipping is dangerous, the TRAC is considered as an important feature of Toyota vehicles.
What the Traction Control is doing when the car begins to lose traction is that it controls the power of the engine that is passed into the wheel that slips. Instead of evenly distributing the power to all of the wheels, the TRAC applies the brake on the spinning wheels. The power from the engine is channeled into the wheel that still has the traction. This eventually helps the car to move forward.
3. Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Toyota has also equipped its cars with the Anti-lock Brake System or ABS. This safety feature is very helpful during sudden brakes since this prevents the car’s brake from locking and the vehicle to skid. By pulsing brake pressure to each of the wheels, the driver can still retain control of the vehicle and prevent it from skidding.
Due to this, the ABS is considered as an essential safety feature of Toyota cars since it is impossible for the driver or any human to do the “pulsing mechanism” that the ABS does. The “pulsing” happens within a fraction of a second and without the ABS the vehicle would surely skid or result to accident.
4. Electric Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
The Electronic Brake-Force Distribution or EBD is an integral component of Toyota’s Anti-lock Brake System. This component properly distributes the brake force that is generated during sudden brakes that causes the vehicle to tilt forward depending on the wheel’s needs. So instead of distributing equal forces on all the wheels, the EBD provides greater brake force to wheels that is need of such. This particular safety feature works best for Toyota vehicles that transport extra cargoes.