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Car Safety Features

Safety features in cars are always improving. In 2004, the average new car safety rating was 4 stars and rose to 4.5 stars by 2009. Newer cars usually perform a lot better in crashes. People who were involved in serious crashes in cars manufactured between 2003 and 2005 are on average around 45% less likely to experience significant road trauma than those in cars manufactured in 1980.

Today, the essential safety features include;

  • electronic stability control (ESC) to help maintain control of the car when avoiding hazards
  • curtain airbags for side head protection
  • auto emergency braking (AEB) to avoid or reduce the severity of rear end crashes.

All of these features work together to avoid collisions and to protect you if a crash does occur.

To help you make a more informed decision about how well different cars will protect you in a crash, take a look at the safety ratings provided by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR)

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Recent News

NEW vs OLD CRASH TEST Fatality rate four times higher in an older vehicle

New Analysis: Fatality rate four times higher in an older vehicle.

Australia and New Zealand’s independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, today unveiled the results of a car-to-car crash test - dramatically demonstrating the improvements made in vehicle safety over the past two decades. This comes as new analysis shows older vehicles are over-represented in fatality crashes.

Two carsh hitting in the frontal offset crash

The 2016 Used Car Safety Ratings are a resource to help motorists buy a safe, second-hand car

How well will your car protect you from death and serious injury?