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: