Don’t be a dummy, de­mand 5 stars

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SAFETY got an­other kick along at the mo­tor show. Al­most ev­ery new ar­rival came with a ma­jor safety push, as well as plenty of airbags and an­ti­skid brakes in cars at ev­ery price.

The lat­est mem­ber of the fives­tar crash-tested crew, the Holden Com­modore Sport­wagon, was also an­nounced.

But the TAC wanted more and staged a ‘‘protest’’ at the show to high­light the need for safe shop­ping by ev­ery Aus­tralian fam­ily. It used ac­tors dressed as crash-test dum­mies and urged motoring jour­nal­ists to join the cause.

‘‘If every­one up­graded their car to the safest in its class, the Vic­to­rian road toll could be cut by a third overnight,’’ TAC road safety man­ager Sa­man­tha Cock­field says.

‘‘Your car’s safety fea­tures could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death for you or a mem­ber of your fam­ily.’’

The TAC, like Volvo and other safety leaders, asks peo­ple to move be­yond airbags to sys­tems that can pre­vent a crash or help the driver do a bet­ter job.

Cock­field says peo­ple need to know about in­tel­li­gent speed as­sist, ac­tive head re­straints, as­sisted brak­ing, fa­tigue de­tec­tion and land-de­par­ture warn­ing.

And her mes­sage is to go to www. howsafeisy­our­car. com. au be­fore you buy.

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