Don’t be a dummy, demand 5 stars
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.