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First Chinese Chery gets a 3-star safety rating - Camry improves to 5 stars

10 MAY, 2011

The first of the Chery vehicles to be tested by any consumer crash test program in the world has been rated 3-stars by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).  The Chery J1 small car achieved 3 out of 5 stars following a range of tests by ANCAP - Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate.

ANCAP also announced that the Australian-made Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid had improved to 5 stars following safety upgrades introduced from April 2011. Both vehicles originally earned 4 star ratings from ANCAP.

ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said the passenger compartment of the Chery J1 lost structural integrity in the frontal offset crash test conducted at 64km/h, increasing injury risk for the occupants.

“There was poor protection from serious chest injuries for the driver in both the frontal offset and side impact crash tests.  Of further concern was the lack of head-protecting side airbags and electronic stability control on this model. These life-saving features are available on competing models - many of which have a 5-star ANCAP rating,” Mr McIntosh said.

"It was pleasing that engineers from Chery travelled to Australia to attend the crash tests and discuss how to improve their products with ANCAP technical staff.

“The Camry and Camry Hybrid achieved 5-star results largely due to production changes introduced by Toyota – this includes improved protection for the driver’s knees and the introduction of a passenger seat belt reminder in the vehicle. 

“Seat belt reminders are an important safety feature. Around one in five people who die as a result of road crashes in Australia are not wearing seat belts. Indeed, under ANCAP's recently released Roadmap, seat belt reminders will become mandatory for front seats for a 5-star rating from 2013.”

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, all Australian state governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.  For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, go to www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au


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