A breakthrough in safety
Louis Renaults original Voiturette featured a geartrain transmission that was more reliable and less dangerous that the days more conventional chains or belts.
Front wheel brakes
Renaults six-cylinder 18CV and 40CV models had brakes on the front wheels, and the 40CV could be fitted whit Louis Renaults patented mechanical servo-brake, for stronger braking action.
Independent front suspension
The Juvaquatre was the first Renault with independent front suspension, for better roadholding, and an all-steel monocoque structure, for better protection.
The opening of Lardy
The Lardy centre (near Paris) was set up to handle tests on all future Renault vehicles. This was the first impact resistance tests that were carried out.
Renault set up a physiology and biomechanics laboratory run by a doctor, to help vehicle design teams develop safe cars. From this moment on, crash-tests would take on major importance in vehicle design and safety engineering.
Disc brakes on small cars
The R8 was the first compact car to be fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels, a feature previously reserved for large cars.
Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroen set up the joint Accident Analysis and Biomechanics Laboratory (LAB).
Basic Research Vehicle
THe BRV (Basic Research Vehicle) was developed for studies into passive safety.
The safety cell
Renault presented EPURE (vehicle for research into road user and environment protection), featuring the concept of a non-deformable cabin, and allowing for pedestrian impact.
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) appeared on the R25.
Driver airbag and seatbelt pretensioners appeared on Clio, R19 and Safrane.
The second-generation Renault System of Restraint and Protection (SRP2) appeared, with driver and passenger airbags, load limiters, pretensioners and headrests with close-up protection.
The first-ever 5 stars
Renault introduced ESC (Electronic Stability Control) on Laguna II, traction control and third-generation SRP. Laguna II became Renault's first car to obtain the top five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash-tests.
5 Stars for Mégane and Vel Satis
The Renault Mégane II and Vel Satis obtained five star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.
5 Stars for Scénic and Espace
The Renault Espace IV and Scénic II obtained five star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.
Small car, perfect safety
The Renault Mégane Cabriolet and Modus obtained five star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings. The Modus was the first mini-MPV to obtain such a rating.
5 stars for Clio III
The Renault Clio III obtained a five star Euro NCAP crash-test rating.
The Renault Laguna III obtained a five star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, with a record score of 36 out of 37.
Mégane III: Safest Vehicle in any category
With a score of 37 out of 37 in the Euro NCAP crash tests, the Renault Mégane stands out as the safest vehicle in any class ever tested by the independent road safety body. The Mégane has safety in its genes, a fundamental part of the car which was developed to set standards in both active and passive safety.
The Renault Grand Scénic III becomes the 12th model of the Renault range to secure the Euro NCAP maximum five star crash-test rating, despite the stepping up of the severity of the independent body's evaluation criteria (side and rear impact, child and adult protection, pedestrian protection, equipment).
5 Stars for Clio IV
The Renault Clio IV was awarded a five star rating following passive tests carried out by Euro NCAP. This result, achieved in spite of more stringent procedures from the independent body in January 2012, provides further illustration of Renault's passive safety expertise.
5 stars for Captur
The Renault Captur achieves five stars at the end of passive safety tests conducted by Euro NCAP. The Captur becomes the fifteenth Renault to achieve five stars.
5 stars for ZOE
The Renault ZOE was awarded a five star rating following the passive safety tests carried out by Euro NCAP. The ZOE obtained an overall score of 82 percent (including the maximum rating for pedestrian safety) and consequently figured among the very best models in its segment.
A COMMITMENT FOR THE FUTURE
Given the stakes associated with global road safety issues, Renault has an ongoing commitment to improve driving security. In the future, security will be increasingly interactive with on-board technologies improving detection of vehicle's surroundings to alert the driver and anticipate the activation of safety systems.
A GLOBAL APPROACH
Renault is constantly developing new safety systems aimed at avoiding accidents and protecting vehicle occupants. The emphasis in development is thus placed on improved prevention,anticipation and education, without diminishing the responsibility of the driver.