Tun­ing You Straight on air bags

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

IT is ironic that the 1.2 Dat­sun Go is selling very well to pen­sion­ers, a group of peo­ple with a life­time’s prac­tice in spot­ting bar­gains.

Ironic, be­cause Nissan’s de­sign­ers had packed the Go with a rather nifty Blue­tooth sys­tem that links seam­lessly with most smart­phones out there, hop­ing to im­press first-time buy­ers.

Of course, older peo­ple know smart­phones make for dumb peo­ple who can’t even re­mem­ber phone num­bers, and sales staff were asked po­litely to ditch the nifty Blue­tooth and put in a “proper” AM/FM ra­dio in­stead.

But Wheels fielded queries from as­pir­ing buy­ers who read our rave re­view for this real lit­tle bar­gain car, and are now wor­ried about all those re­ports that the Go failed its crash tests in In­dia.

Fact is, all cars fail their crash tests as soon as you move faster than the low speeds at which these tests are con­ducted.

As ex­am­ple, we cited a new Merc, which ex­ploded af­ter the young­sters in it tried to dice the cops, rac­ing the wrong way up the N2 where they col­lided head-on with a bakkie. The many airbags in the Merc did not save them.

For those who want the re­as­sur­ance of an ex­pen­sive ex­plo­sive de­vice tick­ing away inches from their faces, Nissan has bowed to all the crit­i­cism and since March, you can or­der a Go Lux, now with a driver airbag and ABS brakes.

It costs R108 200 com­pared to the ba­sic Go, still a bar­gain at just over R90k at most deal­ers.

Our ad­vice — get an en­try-level Dat­sun Go and then make sure you all click in those seat­belts.

You will be as vul­ner­a­ble as ev­ery­one else in a small car on the road, but pay­ing a lot less for this priv­i­lege.

PHOTO: WENA SMIT

Al­wyn ‘No-Airbags’ Viljoen points out all a car needs is a roll cage, a deep seat and good seat­belts to be safe, adding that if air bags worked, F1 cars would have them.

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