Worryingly low ratings for child safety in latest NCAP crash tests

The latest Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme ) 'car safety' results are out and they make for worrying reading for parents.

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler joined Cape Talk's Pippa Hudson to unpack the findings.

The findings suggest that global automakers aren’t paying enough attention to child safety with the lower-priced cars they’re selling on the South African market.

Wendy Knowler, Consumer journalist

Three of the cars sent for testing by the Automobile Association of South Africa received particularly low ratings.

Suzuki’s funky hatchback, the Ignis, and Honda’s conservative sedan Amaze - scored just one star for child safety, while Toyota’s popular seven-seater people-mover, the Avanza, was awarded only two stars for child safety.

Wendy Knowler, Consumer journalist

Knowler explains how the tests are conducted.

The cars are fitted with crash test dummies and are then propelled one by one into a barrier, effectively simulating a crash at the relative low speed of 64 km/h. After analysing the computer readings from the dummies - two adults in front and two small children in the back - the cars are then awarded safety ratings

Wendy Knowler, Consumer journalist

Even more concerning, it appears consumers may not be aware of just how poorly their cars are performing at the NCAPs.

The Avanza is a very popular model in South Africa for public transport and fleet use - Toyota sold 286 of them last month, versus the Suzuki Ignis’s 147 and the Honda Amaze’s 42.

Wendy Knowler, Consumer journalist

Listen to the full interview below:


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