Tougher safety testing for new cars

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a move by ANCAP to overhaul its crash testing of new vehicles.

The Daily Telegraph reported the consumer body had tightened its safety criteria, including making it more difficult for cars to receive a five star safety rating if centre airbags were not fitted in new cars.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the cars on the roads today were vastly different to 20 years ago and safety testing criteria should be updated. 

“We applaud the move to ensure there are safer cars on our roads. We support incorporating a moving barrier as part of the testing, as opposed to a stationary one, it will give a more accurate indication of the damage a vehicle could inflict on other vehicles,” Mr Spalding said.  

“It’s also encouraging crash avoidance technology will be rewarded, as this could mitigate the chances of a collision in the first place.”

Mr Spalding said the review of the safety criteria served as a reminder for drivers to consult the star ratings when buying a new car.

“These new tests and requirements will help ensure new cars will continue to get safer and improve the chances of surviving a serious collision,” he said.

“Your vehicle is the last line of defence in a crash and no matter your price range, it’s important to always choose the safest option.

“If you’re in the market for a new car, you should always aim to buy the vehicle with the best star rating you can afford.”