Making safety ratings easier to understand

Making safety ratings easier to understand

image113441_bANCAP says it is making it easier for consumers to identify the requirements against which each car has been tested, through the addition of a date stamp component to its ANCAP safety rating logos.

In order to provide consumers with the safest cars possible and encourage continuous improvement in vehicle safety design, ANCAP says it is continuing to raise the bar for each of its safety star ratings year by year.

The new date stamp component (e.g. “Tested 2014”) signifies the rating year requirements against which a vehicle has been tested.

“Consumers are now well aware of ANCAP and its 1 to 5-star safety rating system, and are interested to know how a 5-star rating of earlier years compares with a 5-star rating of today,” says ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh.

“As the ANCAP test programme moves in-line with the rapid progression of vehicle safety design and technologies, the introduction of date stamping to ANCAP ratings is the next step in clearly communicating the differences in a car rated today, compared with a car rated in forthcoming years,” says McIntosh.

The ANCAP rating logos with date stamp have been issued for all new ratings published from July and will be rolled out across ANCAP and manufacturer advertising materials and other relevant new car information sources over the coming months.

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