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Renewed calls for safety rating labels on cars in showrooms
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25th Feb 2021
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Renewed calls for safety rating labels on cars in showrooms

More than 80 per cent of drivers polled in a recent survey have backed calls for safety rating labels to be mandatory on new cars in showrooms. West Australia’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC) – the equivalent of the NRMA in NSW, the RACV in Victoria, and the RACQ in Queensland – recently surveyed approximately 500 of its members. The survey found about 90 per cent of respondents rated safety as a priority when purchasing a new or used car.
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Rob Margeit
"Not Recommended": One-third of delivery vans don't pass new ANCAP safety test
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16th Dec 2020
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"Not Recommended": One-third of delivery vans don't pass new ANCAP safety test

One in three new delivery vans tested by safety authorities have inadequate crash-avoidance technology – and have been put on a "Not Recommended" list following new research. The not-for-profit Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – which ranks the crash safety of most new vehicles – found that five out of 15 vans tested did not "offer the level of active safety performance consumers should expect".
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William Davis
Video: Volvo drops its cars from a crane to simulate 'extreme crashes'
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29th Nov 2020
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Video: Volvo drops its cars from a crane to simulate 'extreme crashes'

Volvo is ensuring its cars are prepared for all crash conditions by dropping its vehicles 30 metres from a crane, in an effort to prepare them for extreme collisions. The scenario was used to simulate the results of extreme crashes – such as high-speed, single-vehicle collisions or truck and passenger vehicle collisions – in order to both improve in-car safety systems and help provide training for rescue crews.
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Susannah Guthrie
Jeep responds to footage of Wrangler tipping over in US safety tests
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12th May 2020
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Jeep responds to footage of Wrangler tipping over in US safety tests

The new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door has been filmed tipping over in two crash tests conducted by a US safety body, prompting the US car giant to issue a statement defending the vehicle's safety record.
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Susannah Guthrie
Crash test authority ANCAP wants your dash cam footage of dodgy drivers and near misses
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15th Mar 2020
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Crash test authority ANCAP wants your dash cam footage of dodgy drivers and near misses

Real-life dash cam footage will be used in a new road safety campaign later this year – and Australia’s crash test authority is asking motorists to send in footage of dodgy drivers and near misses. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) started out comparing the crash protection of popular models but as technology has evolved it has expanded its procedures to now also test the systems designed to prevent crashes in the first place.
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Joshua Dowling