Dou­ble the risk of death in 40 per­cent of New Zealand’s cars

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Peo­ple are twice as likely to die in a crash if the car they’re trav­el­ling in was built be­fore 2000. To demon­strate that, the AA and Trans­port Agency has to­day re­vealed the re­sult of a car-to-car crash test con­ducted this week by in­de­pen­dent ve­hi­cle safety ad­vo­cate ANCAP (Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme). The av­er­age age of cars in New Zealand is more than 14 years. Trans­port Agency data shows cars built be­fore 2000, which rep­re­sents nearly 40per­cent of all pas­sen­ger cars and SUVS on New Zealand roads, are in­volved in 57 per­cent of fa­tal­i­ties. Out­comes im­prove hugely a decade later. Cars pro­duced be­tween 2010 and 2015, which make up 17 per­cent of the fleet, were in­volved in 10 per­cent of fa­tal­i­ties. This week a 1998 Toy­ota Corolla was lined up against its 2015-built coun­ter­part, which has a five star rat­ing, the 1998 Corolla was built be­fore the cur­rent frontal im­pact rule was ap­plied that sets min­i­mum safety stan­dards for cars sold in New Zealand. It’s also not equipped with life-sav­ing airbags. “This week’s crash test shows the driver in the older ve­hi­cle would likely have been killed or very se­ri­ously in­jured,” Ms Stocks says.

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