Restraint fix gains NP300 Navara five stars

Restraint fix gains NP300 Navara five stars

The new Nissan NP300 Navara has achieved a five-star ANCAP safety rating after the Japanese manufacturer fixed a fault with the top tether of a child restraint.

Despite slight differences in specification, all dual, king and single cab variants of the Navara have achieved the rating. It now joins a small group of light commercial vehicles who have also achieved the rating.

The Navara performed well in the most recent round of testing, meeting 2015 five star standards in physical crash performance and in the provision of key safety features and safety technologies.

The Navara is sold with electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) as standard across the range. Top tether anchorages for child restraints are standard for the three rear seats of dual cab variants but are not available in the king cab.

“In an example of the importance of independent crash testing, in the initial test of the Navara dual cab, ANCAP identified a failure of the webbing loop which routes the child restraint top tether. The rating was therefore withheld until a satisfactory remedy was developed,” says ANCAP chief executive Nicholas Clarke.

“Nissan developed an improved design of the webbing loop and ANCAP conducted a satisfactory follow-up crash test. ANCAP has been advised that all affected Navara models have been upgraded with the improved top tether routing,” says Clarke.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian government, the New Zealand government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian transport accident commission, NRMA insurance and the FIA foundation.

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