In an effort to help buyers in the used car market select the safest option, the NRMA has announced this new rating which will be part of the usual marking process. Scores are calculated by the Monash University Accident Research Centre which undertakes a detailed examination of outcomes of more that 5.6 million drivers involved in crashes, as well as outcomes of 1.2 million who were injured, between 1982 and 2009.
Any car that is awarded the Safe Pick is considered to be the safest option in accordance with the analysed data. The criteria for achieving this mark doesn't only take into account passenger safety, but also pedestrian safety. Dr Soames Job, NSW Centre for Road Safety's director, said in a recent report,
"Vehicles identified as a Safe Pick provide best possible injury protection to all road users including their own occupants, occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in a crash."
Dr Job added that vehicles in this high ranking category aren't restricted to expensive models either, he said many of the safest cars in each market group are relatively affordable. NRMA safety expert Jack Haley also said in the report that,
"The two large vehicles that scored a Safe Pick rating were Australian-built, being the recent model Ford Falcon and Toyota Camry, which is a credit to those local manufacturers."
Some of the other top Safe Pick cars included the following:
Volvo S40 1997-2004 from $4,500
Peugeot 307 2001-2009 from $6,000
Honda Civic 2006-2009 from $11,000
Volkswagen Golf 1999-2009 from $5,000
Mazda6 2002-2007 from $8,000
Toyota Camry 2006-2009 from $11,500
Honda CRV 2002-2006 from $9,000
To see the full list, or to see how your car shapes up, follow this NRMA link to find out more.