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The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), the peak automotive industry body in Victoria, has revealed one-in-four vehicles, in the state, are unsafe.

Of the vehicles tested so far this year by participating VACC repairers, 24.81 per cent failed one or more of the five key safety features of a motor vehicle (tyres, lights, brakes, steering and restraints).

Of the 2189 vehicles surveyed in the first six months of 2009, 1661 passed and 528 failed VACC’s Five Point Safety Check, with 25 percent of the vehicles tested having unsafe tyres.

“These figures are concerning,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.

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“VACC believes not enough focus is put on the importance of vehicle safety. We hear a lot about road safety, but not enough about vehicle safety. We have to do more to encourage motorists to keep their motor vehicle safe.

“Everyone has a duty to ensure that the vehicle he or she is driving is safe. Governments, employers, families and individuals need to appreciate that every time a Victorian gets into a car, they are at risk.

“A simple Five Point Safety Check will reduce that risk. Tyres, lights, brakes, steering and restraints are the key things that need to be tested.

“With winter weather set in and children back to school, now is the time to make sure the vehicle you are driving is safe,” Mr Purchase said.

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“For people who believe they are saving money by not getting their car serviced, they should think again. A properly maintained vehicle can save you money in the long run, as an efficient performing engine saves fuel and wear-and-tear.

“We will continue to monitor the figures and hope that when we release the year-end results, there will be evidence that vehicle safety is being taken more seriously,” Mr Purchase said.






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