Fal­con safe bet in crash sur­vey

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FORD’S Fal­con FG is among the safest used ve­hi­cles on the road, a ma­jor study has found.

The FG is one of 19 ve­hi­cles rec­om­mended in the RACQ’s an­nual Used Car Safety Rat­ings.

But the list is dom­i­nated by small, im­ported cars. Five made the Safe Pick list: Honda Civic, Peu­geot 307, Volvo S40/V40, Volk­swa­gen’s Golf/Bora and the Golf/Jetta sta­ble­mates.

‘‘This shat­ters


myth that big cars are safe,’’ says RACQ ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Steve Spald­ing. ‘‘Some large cars don’t have a par­tic­u­larly high rat­ing, while some of the smaller stuff can out­per­form them.

‘‘What it means is you can pick a safe car that is still small and eco­nom­i­cal to run.’’ No light cars made the Safe Pick list.

‘‘ In a two-ve­hi­cle crash they come off worst be­cause of the dis­par­ity in weight,’’ he

This shat­ters the myth that big cars are safe

says. The Monash Univer­sity Ac­ci­dent Re­search Cen­tre an­a­lysed records from more than four mil­lion ve­hi­cles in po­lice-re­ported road crashes and more than a mil­lion in­jured road users in Aus­tralia and New Zealand be­tween 1987 and 2009.

It found a wide vari­a­tion in the level of crash pro­tec­tion in the 10 cat­e­gories of ve­hi­cles stud­ied. The risk of in­jury or death is 8.2 times higher in the worst-rated ve­hi­cle, the 1996 Dai­hatsu Mira, than in the best ve­hi­cle, the 2008-09 Fal­con FG.

The av­er­age risk of death or se­ri­ous in­jury to the driver of a 2009 car in a crash is about 30 per cent less than for the driver of a 1996 car.

‘‘When you’re choos­ing a ve­hi­cle, don’t just think about your own safety,’’ Mr Spald­ing says. ‘‘Think about the safety of other driv­ers and road users.’’

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