Watch: crash safety tests for 9 of South Africa’s most popular vehicles

Following the release of its 2018 results, the Global NCAP and the Automobile Association (AA) South Africa has launched its combined crash test results for 2017 and 2018.

The results show a wide range of safety performance – from four to zero stars for adult protection – with the lowest ratings resulting in a high probability of life-threatening injury in a road crash.

Global NCAP chose the entry-level version of each model and as a result, all were fitted with at least one airbag as standard.

It also awarded a separate child safety rating to each car in order to highlight the different levels of protection vehicles provide to passengers on the rear seats, and how compatible the car is with the child seats recommended by the manufacturer.


Toyota Etios

The Etios achieved a four-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as stable, offering good general adult occupant protection. The car included seat belts with pre-tensioners for both front passengers.

Using the child seats recommended by Toyota, the Etios achieved a three-star rating for child occupant protection.


Renault Sandero

The Sandero achieved a three-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as stable, offering acceptable general adult occupant protection. The car did not include seat belt pre-tensioners.

Using the child seats recommended by Renault, the Sandero achieved a four-star rating for child occupant protection.


Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo achieved a three-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as stable, offering acceptable adult occupant protection. The car did not include seat belt pre-tensioners.

Using the child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo achieved a three-star rating for child protection.


Datsun GO+

The GO+ achieved a one-star rating for its poor adult occupant protection mainly in the Driver’s chest in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as unstable, steering wheel movement, even though a steering wheel airbag was fitted, recorded high compression to the chest of the driver dummy.

There was no airbag for the passenger. The Datsun GO+ achieved a two-star rating for child occupant protection using the child seats.


Chery QQ3

The QQ3 achieved a zero star rating for its poor adult occupant protection mainly in driver’s head and chest.

The vehicle structure was rated as unstable as it showed collapsed in some relevant areas during the impact. Injury impacts recorded in the dummy head and chest, in particular, led to this result. There were no airbags for the adult passengers.

The manufacturer did not recommend specific child seats which explain most of the points loss for child occupant protection.

The QQ3 was given a zero star rating for child occupant protection, considering the poor vehicle readiness to safely accommodate the child seats.


Nissan NP300 ‘Hardbody’

The NP300 ‘Hardbody’ achieved an alarming zero star rating for its poor adult occupant protection mainly in the driver head and chest areas in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure collapsed during the crash test and it was rated as unstable.

The steering wheel column did not collapse penetrating the passengers’ compartment, creating an additional risk for the driver as it moved straight into the dummy chest.

This performance showed a significant risk of injuries for the driver despite the car being equipped with double frontal airbags.

The high probability of life-threatening injuries to the driver’s head and chest resulted in the zero star adult occupant protection rating.

Even with an airbag the driver’s head and chest showed high biomechanical readings.

The NP300 ‘Hardbody’ achieved two stars for child occupant protection, the low result is mainly explained by the decision of the car manufacturer to install one of the Child seats without following Child seat manufacturer clear instructions.


Toyota Yaris

The Yaris achieved a three-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as unstable and offered marginal to good general adult occupant protection.

The car provides seat belt reminders for both frontal positions. The car included seat belts with pre-tensioners for both front passengers.

Using the child seats recommended by Toyota, the Yaris achieved a three-star rating for child occupant protection.


Hyundai i20

The i20 achieved a three-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as unstable, as was the footwell area.

The protection levels ranged from marginal to good in adult occupant protection.

The car offers seat belt pre-tensioners for both front passengers and seat belt reminder for the driver.

Using the child seats recommended by Hyundai, the i20 achieved a two-star rating for child occupant protection explained by the limited protection offered to the 3-year-old dummy and lack of ISOFIX anchorages.

The i20 structure is different to that of the European model. Safety equipment in South Africa does not offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side body airbags and side curtain airbags which are standard in Europe.


Kia Picanto

The Picanto achieved a three-star rating for adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

The vehicle structure was rated as stable while the footwell area was rated as unstable. The car offers seat belt pre-tensioners for both front passengers and seat belt reminder for the driver only.

Using the child seats recommended by Kia the Picanto achieved a two-star rating for child protection.

The detachment of the ISOFIX anchorages for the 3 years old CRS during the test explained the low score for child occupant protection.

The manufacturer did not offer an explanation to this problem, but the child seat manufacturer which is also investigating took immediate action and removed the Picanto from their recommended list of cars for this CRS model.


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