Toyota is upping the safety of the Yaris in leaps and bounds. Last year it added standard anti-lock braking, as well as side and curtain airbags; this year electronic stability control is also included with all models. The Yaris is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer the feature.
For 2010 Toyota greatly improves the Yaris' standard safety feature list, which now includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, front side airbags, and roll-sensing side curtain bags. The Yaris has not been a good performer in U.S. crash tests, though; it gets just three stars for side-impact safety, and the IIHS rates the Yaris as "marginal" for rear impact and "acceptable" in its new roof-strength test.