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Australian Ncap Program Reviewed-A Comparison of the Ncap Performance of 1995 Australian & U.S. Vehicles
Published May 13, 1996 by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in United States
Both Australia and the United States of America conduct consumer crash testing programs to assess vehicle crash performance. A 1993 analysis showed that the performance of Australian vehicles was inferior to that of equivalent U.S. vehicles.
This paper reviews the relative crash performance of 1995 model Australian and U.S. vehicles. Full frontal crash data were compared for light, compact, medium weight vehicles, four-wheel-drive vehicles, and light utilities (pickups). Offset c was compared for medium and four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Analysis shows that Australian occupants are still offered inferior crash protection compared to equivalent U.S. model vehicles. The safety equipment fitted, which may contribute to these results, are compared.