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The significance of consumer vehicle crash testing
Published February 23, 1995 by SAE Australasia in Australia
Event: Safety on the Roads
The Australian New Car Assessment Program commenced in 1992 with the financial support of four state road authorities and the state motoring organizations. The primary goal of the program is to provide consumers with information on the relative occupant protection performance of popular vehicles. A secondary goal is to compare the safety of the local vehicle fleet with other international fleets, particularly that in the United States.
The program has now tested and published the frontal crash occupant protection levels of almost three quarters of the passenger cars available on the Australian market. It has achieved a high level of consumer awareness from extensive media coverage of launches of results.
While manufacturers have recently improved the frontal crash test performance of vehicles significantly, considerable gains are still possible. The program will continue to encourage the introduction of world best practice in vehicle occupant protection levels for Australian consumers.