[WATCH VIDEOS] Crash test results of SA compact cars
ConsumerTalk's Wendy Knowler attended a press conference hosted by the Automobile Association and UK-based Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme). It’s a worldwide platform providing technical, financial and advocacy support to new car programmes in emerging markets.
This event was all about “SaferCarsForAfrica” - the first independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa’s most popular compact and small cars.
Correspondent at Consumer Talk, Wendy Knowler, secretary general at Global NCAP, David Ward, and Car Seat Full Stop's Mandy Lee Miller chat about the initiative:
Global NCAP chose to test the entry-level version of each model.
Having them slam into a cement block at 64 kms an hour is quite a shocking thing to watch, says Knowler, and the videos cover several angles - front, sides, back and inside of the car, front and back.
There are two adults dummies up front and two children in the back - an 18-month old and a three-year-old, both strapped into car seats, the little one rear facing and the older child front facing.
The assessment checks how compatible the car is with the child seats recommended by the manufacturer, as well as the protection provided in the crash test.
Watch the videos of Chery QQ3 and Renault Sandero being put through their paces:
Handsfree pickpocketing is a myth, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler. But risks remain, suggests a case she took on.Read More
Consumer journo Wendy Knowler explains why it can be better to claim on your own car insurance after an accident.Read More
Wendy Knowler says dealerships don’t do much to explain how you may unknowingly void your warranty and service/maintenance plans.Read More
Merchants are not allowed to process refunds on debit cards, warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.Read More
Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler spent a day with financial services ombuds from around the world. Here are their suggestions.Read More
It’s best to jump before you are pushed. It’s "catastrophic" if that happens, warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.Read More
A new study claims using products which are overtly masculine or feminine increases your desirability to the opposite sex.Read More
South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.Read More
Most people who fell prey to credit card fraud in the first three months of 2019 were old, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.Read More
If you ever send an invoice (or pay after receiving one); you may want to check this out. Especially property buyers and sellers.Read More