Global NCAP puts vehicle safety features to the acid test
Global NCAP has conducted its first crash tests on vehicles sold in SA — with some alarming results, writes Mark Smyth
Research by the Automobile Association of SA (AA) reveals that 87.86% of those surveyed say a safety rating would help then decide on which car to buy. SA has no safety ratings programme, unlike the ones in the US, Europe, Latin America, China and India. If safety is one of your priorities then the testing of five entry-level vehicles by Global NCAP will be of major interest. If safety is not important to you then it should be. Daily we see people not wearing seatbelts and children not in proper child seats. It is scary how people seemingly couldn’t care less about their own safety and that of children. Statistically a child is twice as likely to be killed on the roads in SA than in most other parts of the world. According to AA CEO Collins Khumalo there are about 832,431 crashes on our roads every year, resulting in more than 14,000 deaths and countless serious injuries. "The statistics indicate a serious problem on our roads," says Khumalo. Road crashes cost the economy more than ...