News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Latest Crash Tests Rate Small Car Safety

Three more small cars have earned high marks in the latest round of crash testing by the independent Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the Land Transport Safety Authority announced today.

The Holden Barina, Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza were each awarded four out of a possible five stars in tests measuring occupant protection in serious frontal and side impact crashes. They join the ranks of the Audi A3, Holden Astra, Mercedes A140, Peugeot 206, Toyota Echo, VW Golf and VW Beetle, which all earned four star ratings in Japanese and European tests conducted on ANCAP’s behalf using identical test procedures and evaluations.

Small cars earning three stars included the Kia Rio, Daihatsu Sirion, Hyundai Accent, Mazda 323 (also sold as the Ford Laser) and Peugeot 306. The Nissan Pulsar and Daewoo Nubira rated two stars, and the Daewoo Lanos one star.

Director of Land Transport Safety David Wright said it was encouraging to see more small cars earning high marks for safety.

"It's evident that many small cars are being designed with the safety of drivers and passengers in mind, and it's pleasing to see so many are achieving three or four star ratings. However, the tests show that there is still a high risk of life threatening injury in some models.”

The testing procedures used to determine the ratings include an offset frontal crash test conducted at 64 km/h and a side impact test at 50 km/h. Research shows a strong correlation between the tests and injuries suffered in serious on-road crashes.

The LTSA joined the ANCAP crash testing programme last year with the aim of improving consumer access to vehicle safety information and encouraging manufacturers to make further safety improvements to their vehicles.

Crash test results for nearly 100 vehicle models are now available from the LTSA website, www.ltsa.govt.nz. Brochures detailing test results can be ordered by ringing the LTSA Helpdesk on 0800 699 000.

The next round of ANCAP testing will assess the protection offered by utility vehicles in crashes. The results are due to be released in late February next year.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news