24 July 2007
The newer your car, the safer it's likely to be
The latest Monash University Accident Research Centre data relating to real-world road crashes in Australia and New Zealand, released today by Land Transport and the AA, reveals a continuing trend. That is, that later model used cars generally protect their occupants more effectively in crashes.
“This is not rocket science,” said Perry Kerr, CEO of the Motor Industry Association. “There has been, and still is, a continuing improvement in the safety engineering of new cars, and as new cars move into the used car market the crash performance is largely reflected by the relative age of the vehicle.”
“Of course the safest cars of all are new ones,” said Mr. Kerr, “and particularly those which are fitted with Electronic Stability Control, which goes a long way towards preventing the crash happening in the first place.”
Over 50% of new cars sold in New Zealand in June were equipped with Electronic Stabiliy Control. “One day, all cars will be equipped with this life-saving feature,” said Mr. Kerr, “and the sooner that day arrives in New Zealand the safer our roads will be as a result.”
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