Toyota’s star safety system is a system that compiles six advanced accident avoidance safety technologies, including ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology. Toyota introduced the Star Safety System in 2011, and it has been standard on every new vehicle since. As well, Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every new vehicle.
Anti-Lock Braking system or ABS brakes helps prevents brakes from locking up and you hitting the ditch by “pulsing” brake pressure to each individual wheel to help you stay in control in emergency braking situations. Have you ever pushed on your brakes during winter driving conditions and you felt your brakes chattering under your feet? That would be your ABS system working to keep your wheels and your vehicle in control.
When something unexpected appears in your path, you may instinctively swerve to avoid it and jam on the brakes- who wouldn’t. However, without ABS, your brakes can lock up, your vehicle may start to skid, and you struggle to stay in control. Toyota’s ABS sensors detect which wheels are locking up and reduce the lockup by “pulsing” the brakes at each wheel independently repeatedly for fractions of a second. This means the wheels never stop rotating and that helps the car to avoid going into a skid, helping you stay in control.
Brake Assist is designed to detect sudden or panic braking and adds full braking pressure needed to help prevent a collision and stop your vehicle quicker. Brake assist works with your ABS breaks in emergency stopping situations keeping you safely on the road.
If something rolls out into the street, or someone cuts you off in traffic, there’s only a split second to react and if the reaction time is so short, and you may not have enough time to apply the pressure needed to stop. Toyota’s Brake Assist is here to help! If a driver fails to apply enough pressure to the brake, the Brake Assist sensors will detect this sudden or “panic” braking and add the pressure needed helping you to avoid hitting the object.
Electronic Brake force Distribution works with your ABS system to keep the vehicle more stable and balanced when braking. This system will assist in keeping all 4 wheels on the road and help utilize all braking elements and braking power in emergency situations.
If you have to stop quickly, momentum may causes your vehicle to tilt forward and reduces the brake-force effectiveness of the rear tires. But with the Toyota Star Safety System, EBD responds to sudden stops by redistributing brake force. Wheels with more braking effectiveness receive more brake force; wheels with less effectiveness receive less brake force. This helps prevent brake lockup and skidding. EBD is especially helpful when carrying cargo or heavier items. Sensors recognize the extra load the cargo puts on the rear axle, so brake pressure on the rear wheels is increased because the extra weight improves braking effectiveness.
Vehicle Stability Control or VSC is an electronic system designed to help you prevent wheel slip, loss of traction and maintain vehicle control under unfavorable driving conditions. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether VSC will be effective in preventing a loss of control.
Toyota’s VSC monitors your steering angle and the direction your vehicle’s actually travelling and senses when your front or rear wheels begin to slip. When it senses your front wheels lose traction or slip, the Vehicle Stability Control reduces engine power and applies braking to the individual wheels that need it. This helps correct the slip and keep the vehicle in the intended path.
Traction Control helps maintain traction on icy, wet or uneven surfaces by applying brake force individually to the spinning wheel(s).
We have all experienced this driving in Alberta, your vehicle gets stuck on the ice or snow and your wheels are just sitting there spinning. Without Traction control, there is nothing to apply the brakes to the spinning wheel so it can get traction- Toyota’s Traction Control sensors are activated when one of the wheels starts to slip. TRAC limits engine output and applies the brakes to the spinning wheel, transferring power to the wheels that still have traction to help you go safely on your way.
Smart Stop Technology is an added measure of safety; Toyota created the braking system enhancement known as Smart Stop Technology. This advanced technology automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time.
In normal driving conditions, you won’t notice Smart Stop Technology as it is hardly noticeable. The feature doesn’t engage if the brake pedal is depressed before the accelerator pedal. This allows for vehicles starting on a steep hill to safety accelerate without rolling backward (known as hill start).
If you have any questions regarding Toyota’s Star Safety System please contact a member of the Sun Toyota team at 780-701-2222, or online here!