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You’re four times more likely to die in an older car, says ANCAP

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 29-07-2017 Isaac Bober

ANCAP has revealed the results of a car-to-car crash, claiming drivers of older cars (pre-2000) are four times more likely to die than those in a new car.

AS PART OF the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week, ANCAP has slammed an old Toyota Corolla into a new one “to highlight the important role safer vehicles play in improving road safety”. It was an impressive way to state the bleeding obvious.

“This test physically illustrates the benefits of newer, safer cars,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.

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According to research conducted by ANCAP, while pre-2000 built cars account for just 20% of all the vehicles registered in Australia, they’re involved in 33% of fatal crashes. “In contrast, newer vehicles [those built 2011-2016] make up 31% of the fleet yet are involved in just 13% of fatality crashes,” ANCAP said.

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“We’ve been tracking the average age of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash, and in just one year we’ve seen that average increase from 12.5 years to 12.9 years. This highlights the need for a renewed national focus and greater support for safer vehicles,” Goodwin said. 

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“It is unfortunate we tend to see our most at-risk drivers – the young and inexperienced, as well as the elderly and more frail – in the most at-risk vehicles, and we hope this test promotes a conversation to encourage all motorists to consider the safety of their car”. 

“Safety is not a luxury and we want everyone to remain safe on the road, so consumers should look for the safest car they can afford and the safest car that suits their needs.” 

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“The outcomes of this test are stark and the automotive, finance and insurance industries can play a part to assist in encouraging people into newer, safer cars.” 

The frontal offset test, which replicates a head-on crash, was conducted at 64km/h. 

“The older car sustained catastrophic structural failure with dummy readings showing an extremely high risk of serious head, chest and leg injury to the driver. It achieved a score of just 0.40 out of 16 points – zero stars.” 

“In contrast, the current model performed very well with a five-star level of protection offered, scoring 12.93 out of 16 points,” said Goodwin.

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