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Car safety has increased since Euro NCAP began conducting its crash tests in 1997. The development has been steered by the demand among car buyers for safe vehicles.

The European organisation Euro NCAP performs crash tests on new cars. Through these tests, car buyers obtain information on the safety of new cars. Since most people who buy new cars choose the safest vehicles, the safety of new cars has been rising in general since 1997, when testing first started.

Euro NCAP is composed of seven European Governments as well as motoring and consumer organizations in every European country.

Euro NCAP makes independent information available to consumers on the comparative safety of different vehicles. Also, Euro NCAP acts as an incentive for manufacturers to improve the safety of their cars.