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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 9th 2010
10— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com .au Saturday, January 9, 2010 Buyers get chance to put safety first NEIL McDONALD T HIS yellow wind- screen tag and sticker could be the differ- ence between life or death. The labels, similar to energy rating stickers for appliances, will be fitted to thousands of new vehicles through 50 Mel- bourne and Geelong new car dealers. The labels are part of a six- month pilot program called stars on cars being promoted by VicRoads, the TAC and the RACV. If successful, the program is expected to roll out across the country. Western Australia has already adopted the tags, where research shows that 5 per cent of WA car buyers changed their buying choice after reading the sticker. The labels display crash information from the Australasian New Car As- sessment Program. Only vehicles with a four or five-star crash rating will wear the label. It is the first time such a program has run in Victoria, ANCAP council chair and VicRoads manager, vehicle safety, Ross McArthur said. Volkswagen, Hyundai, Subaru and Skoda are in- volved, and the TAC’s manager for road safety, Samantha Cockfield, said other brands were watching to see how the scheme goes. ‘‘Our hope too is that it will become statewide,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re sure it will have a powerful ef- fect on consumers’ buying behaviour.’’ Cockfield says the safety stic- ker will help buyers make an informed choice. ‘‘The new car market is more complex and it’s increasingly difficult for consumers to make decision,’’ she says. ‘‘We know that if we put everyone in the safest cars overnight, we could reduce death and injury by a third.’’ Research by the Monash Uni- versity Accident Research Centre shows the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a crash varies by up to five times depending on the car you drive. ‘‘You are more like- ly to survive a serious crash when you’re driving the safest cars on the road compared to the least safe,’’ Cockfield says. She says safety is also becoming a more important factor in buy- ing a new car. ‘‘It’s the second most important factor after price when buying car,’’ she said. ‘‘That’s why it’s so important that people actively look for four or five-star rated cars.’’ In the past five years the average ANCAP crash rat- ing has moved from three stars to 4.5 stars. RACV chief engineer Mi- chael Case said ANCAP was now widely accepted by the car industry and consumers. ‘‘Initially carmakers resisted it but now they accept it,’’ he said. ‘‘It has been around for 16 years.’’ Airbelt the latest development SAFETY FOCUS: Both Ford and Toyota are developing cushioned seatbelts. PAUL GOVER CAR safety is about to move forward again with a new airbag development. Seatbelts are the new tar- get for cushioned protection in a crash, with Ford and Toyota racing to get the first models on the road. Ford is expected to be first into showrooms with the Explorer SUV for the US, with Toyota to follow in 2011 with the Lexus LFA. There is no confirmation of any airbag belts for Aust- ralia, although Toyota ad- mits the design developed for its $750,000 supercar will flow on. ‘‘We don’t know where or when but in true Lexus fashion it will be ‘trickle- down’ technology,’’ said Toyota spokesman Mike Breen. Lexus revealed a pyro- technic seatbelt last year at the press preview of the LFA in Germany. There was no great fanfare, with Lexus actually underplay- ing the development. ‘‘We don’t want to say too much yet because the car does not go into production until 2011. Someone else could beat us to be first with this development,’’ said LFA chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi. He was right, with Ford announcing soon after that it had developed an inflat- able airbag for the Explorer. The two systems are very different, with Lexus choos- ing to continue with a pyro- technic device to create the gasforthebag—witha linked electrical connection built into the belt buckle — and Ford going with a cold compressed gas. The Ford bag inflates in 40 seconds but, because of the way it is used and because it is strapped against an occupant, the firing is relatively slow and much less violent than a conventional airbag. Things you need to k now: 1 Max. sale price for ’09 plated Commodore International. 2 Max. sale price for ’0 9 plated Colorado LX 4x4 Crew Cab Turbo Diesel Pick Up manual. 3 Max. sale price for ’09 plated Captiva 7 SX AWD petrol au tomatic. 4 Max. sale pri ce for ’09 plated Barina 3 door hatch manual . Offers available on model s delivered before 31/01/10, unl ess extended, or while stock s last at participating Holden Deal ers. H olden reserves the right to chan ge or exten d these offers. Not available with other of fers. Private or ABN buyers o nly. 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