Why were 12 Toyota vehicles named “Top Safety Picks” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2015? Because we design them with the knowledge that safety is more than features—it's the lives of the people who drive our cars.

For us, the journey towards a safe road never ends. This belief, along with our collaborative research efforts, drives us to create advancements and innovations in safety that have helped (and continue to help) prevent crashes and protect people. Which is why the Toyota Star Safety System comes standard on many new Toyota models.

The Star Safety System includes enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST). Armed with these active safety features, Toyota helps you avoid accidents in the first place.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Vehicle Stability Control gets data straight from the Anti-lock Brake System and the steering wheel. Its purpose is to mensure the vehicle follows the driver’s steering. If the vehicle starts to go in the direction opposite of the steering, VSC will reduce the engine speed and apply appropriate brakes to help fix it.

Traction Control (TRAC)

To operate, Traction Control uses information gathered from the Anti-lock Brake System sensors to determine your wheel speed. If the system detects a loss of traction that causes slippage, the system will adjust the engine power until traction is regained. It can even apply brakes to an individual wheel if further assistance is necessary.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

The Anti-lock Brake System is a group of well-placed sensors that monitor the tires. When you apply the brakes and one of tires is stopping quicker than the others, the sensors will detect it. Anti-lock Brake System then pumps the brake on that specific tire until it matches with the rest to prevent the vehicle from skidding.

Brake Assist (BA)

Along with the Anti-lock Brake System, the Brake Assist helps to operate the brakes if the driver brakes suddenly. It also does the reverse and will apply more pressure to the brakes if the driver isn’t applying enough pressure.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

As a part of the Anti-lock Brake System system, it works to counterbalance the weight shifting in the event of heavy braking. With Electronic Brake-force Distribution, each tire gets the appropriate amount of pressure depending on how much of the vehicle’s weight it’s carrying.

Smart Stop Technology (SST)

If the brake and the accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time, this system will reduce engine power to allow the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop.

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