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Industry experts criticise differing safety standards between continents

Wednesday 28 September 2016, By Autovolo

Industry experts criticise differing safety standards between continents

Industry experts criticise differing safety standards between continents

Recent Euro NCAP crash test results show a worrying difference in safety standards between various continents, a vehicle safety research centre has said.

Thatcham Research, the insurance industry’s automotive research centre, says that results from Latin America and India show that some manufacturers are not making cars as safe as possible in all markets.

Although many European cars have achieved five-star safety ratings, the same manufacturers are building less safety-conscious models for other markets. Renault, for example, recently launched the new Scenic, which achieved a five-star Euro NCAP score, yet its Indian-market Kwid crossover comes without airbags as standard, meaning it scores zero in crash tests.

Renault is not the only manufacturer culpable, though. According to Thatcham, the same was true of Honda, which makes the five-star-rated Civic in the UK, but sells the airbag-less Mobilo MPV in India.

Global NCAP secretary-general of David Ward said: “Renault and Honda make safe cars in other markets; they have the know-how to make all their Indian cars much safer. We expect them to start doing so now.”

Latin American crash tests unearthed similar results with the Chevrolet Spark GT achieving a zero-star score for adult and child occupant protection.

Peter Shaw, Thatcham Research’s chief executive, said: “Airbags save lives by making vehicles safer and it simply is not acceptable that cars sold at very similar price points in different countries bring varying levels of safety – or, more worryingly, no safety at all.”