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AA warns steer clear of Great Wall ute

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/04/2017

Steer clear of Great Wall Motors' Steed ute if you value safety, the AA is warning.

New information released by Australasian New Car Assessment Programme, shows the 4x2 petrol dual cab failed to meet basic standards during its crash test and only achieved a two-star safety rating.

Those looking to buy a ute are better off buying a second-hand one with a better safety rating if price is a concern, AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says.

"In new cars today we expect to see a very high standard of occupant protection during a crash test. However, [this model] doesn't come close to meeting that expectation."

Lower and upper leg injuries were likely in a crash, as well as knee injury for the driver while dash components could cause injury to both driver and passenger.

"Honda and Hyundai are among the brands we expect to produce safe cars and, like many other manufacturers, continue to lift the bar with new models ultimately improving safety outcomes for all of us," Ms Stocks said.

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