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2014-15 Ssangyong Stavic recalled

Ateco Australia has issued a recall notice for 340 examples of the Ssangyong Stavic people mover, over concerns about worn ball joints. The company says the joints could fail if cars are “operated for extended periods of time without any inspection or repair”...

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Study shows benefits of active safety and connected tech
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Study shows benefits of active safety and connected tech

Road trauma could be “significantly reduced” by widespread adoption of the latest active safety and connected features, according to a study from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). The study examined the potential benefits of technology like forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist being fitted to every vehicle on Australian and New Zealand roads...


Victoria: Numbers show young drivers safer with Graduated Licensing
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Victoria: Numbers show young drivers safer with Graduated Licensing

An independent review says Victoria's Graduated Licensing System is saving the lives of young drivers in the state. Luke Donnellan, minister for roads and road safety, announced the results of the study this week - including the statistic that drivers who have been through the new system are 20 per cent less likely to be involved in a serious collision in their first two years of driving...


Range Rover Velar gets five-star ANCAP rating
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Range Rover Velar gets five-star ANCAP rating

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week. Scoring 35.5 out of 38 for adult occupant protection (93 per cent), the Velar impressed with a strong performance across the board, including full marks in the side impact and pole tests...


Study shows driving dehydrated similar to having blood alcohol content of 0.08
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Study shows driving dehydrated similar to having blood alcohol content of 0.08

A study from 2015 has shown that driving while dehydrated leads to the same outcomes as driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 per cent. The 2015 study published in Physiology and Behaviour was carried out on a selection of male drivers by the UK's Loughborough University and funded by the European Hydration Institute...


Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift get five-star ANCAP ratings
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Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift get five-star ANCAP ratings

In addition to the MG GS achieving a milestone five-star safety rating this week, the Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift light hatches were also awarded top marks this week by ANCAP, though the latter only applies to certain variants...


Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman
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Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman

Long-time road safety advocate, and former Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, has been appointed chairman of the Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP)...


Automotive bodies welcome National Road Safety Strategy inquiry
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Automotive bodies welcome National Road Safety Strategy inquiry

Independent crash-testing authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has voiced its support for the Federal Government's inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy as part of the 2017-18 Budget. The strategy aims to reduce road deaths and trauma on Australian roads by at least 30 per cent between 2011 and 2020...


Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet score five-star ANCAP rating
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Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet score five-star ANCAP rating

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by ANCAP this week, while the Kia Picanto micro car only managed four. Scoring 36.48 out of 38 for adult occupant protection (95 per cent), the CX-5 performed well in physical tests and comes with all three (City, Interurban, Pedestrian) levels of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment...


Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists
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Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists

Bosch is focusing a greater part of its electronic engineering nous on the task of preventing collisions between cars and cyclists. The German electronic engineering juggernaut - and world's biggest automotive supplier - today sent out a release promoting two new systems that it wants to sell to as many car makers as possible...


Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows
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Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows

The Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) has released the results of a new study detailing which driver groups are the worst speeding offenders. The study has moved its creators to declare speeding, the most common traffic offence, as dangerous as drink-driving...


Toyota patents 'cloaking device' to hide A-pillars
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Toyota patents 'cloaking device' to hide A-pillars

Toyota has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademarks Office for a complex system of mirrors to help drivers see through their cars' A-pillars. Thanks to ever stricter safety standards, the A-pillar in many cars today are thick enough to obscure fully grown dragon. These thicker pillars form an integral part of stiffer, safer car bodies, but can make it difficult for driver's navigate safely...


Steer device wakes sleepy drivers by electric shock
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Steer device wakes sleepy drivers by electric shock

A new wearable bracelet, Steer, has been developed, that emits an electric shock if it detects a sleepy driver. First featured on crowd-funding website KickStarter, Latvian start-up tech company, Creative Mode, is aiming to lower the numbers of road accidents caused by drowsy motorists...


Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued
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Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued

Anyone in Victoria hoping that an impending red light or speeding infringement notice would be declared null and void, courtesy of the state’s network of road safety cameras being infected with the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus, is in for bad news...


Study: Tailgaters wouldn't tailgate if not for those rotten queue-jumpers...
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Study: Tailgaters wouldn't tailgate if not for those rotten queue-jumpers...

A new study conducted by the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q) has found that one-in two drivers are failing to keep a safe following distance - but those tailgaters say queue-jumpers are to blame...


Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroos
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Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroos

Australian wildlife is throwing a spanner in the works for Swedish manufacturer Volvo, who is currently developing its animal detection system. While the technology is used to detect larger beasts like moose in its homeland of Sweden, the company is struggling with kangaroos, according to a new report...


NSW goverment: 40km/h zones are saving lives, expect more
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NSW goverment: 40km/h zones are saving lives, expect more

It's official, 40km/h zones are keeping us safe and reducing the number of incidents on the road - according to the New South Wales (NSW) government. According to a new study, the NSW Centre for Road Safety has found a 33 per cent reduction in crashes causing death or serious injury between 2005 and 2015, in areas where 40km/h zones have been introduced...


2017 Land Rover Discovery scores five-star ANCAP rating, despite head contact risk - UPDATE
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2017 Land Rover Discovery scores five-star ANCAP rating, despite head contact risk - UPDATE

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been awarded a full five-star safety rating by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week. Following the Discovery's New Zealand release in May and in advance of its Australian market launch this week, ANCAP has released the SUV's crash ratings based on tests conducted by its European equivalent, Euro NCAP...


Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection
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Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection

The Victorian Government has called for an immediate investigation into the State's 280-strong road safety camera network, following the discovery that a software virus had infected more than 90 cameras since June 6...


2018 Ford Mustang safety not on local boss’s mind yet
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2018 Ford Mustang safety not on local boss’s mind yet

When a two-star ANCAP crash score was announced for the Ford Mustang earlier this year, many of us expected that there would be major consumer recoil. But there hasn’t been. The Ford Mustang just saw its best month ever in Australia, with a huge 1351 units sold, and it is easily the highest-selling sports car in the country at this point in time, with 3772 units sold to the end of May 2017...