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Toyota Etios Gets 4-Star Safety Rating from Global NCAP

Toyota Etios Gets 4-Star Safety Rating from Global NCAP

Snapshot: In addition, Datsun GO+ achieved 1-star rating for its poor adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h.

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Toyota Etios has been awarded 4-star safety rating by the Global NCAP and AA South Africa under the #SaferCarsforAfrica campaign. The hatch performed fairly well in adult occupant protection in the frontal crash test at 64km/h. In addition, Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor adult occupant protection mainly in the Driver chest in the frontal crash test at 64km/h. Global NCAP chose the entry-level variants of both the models and as a result one of them was not fitted with airbags as standard. The results highlight differences in the structural integrity of the vehicles tested.

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Lauchlan McIntosh, Chairman of Global NCAP, said: “In 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a road safety resolution which recognised the important role NCAPs play as a catalyst for improving vehicle safety standards. The UN has sought to encourage the spread of NCAPs across the regions and automotive markets of the World and today, in Cape Town, I am delighted that Global NCAP is helping to achieve that goal with the launch of the first ever crashworthiness programme for cars sold in Africa. Global NCAP has provided assistance to launch similar programmes in South America, India and the ASEAN region, programmes which have led to the delivery of safer cars into those markets over the last five years."

The vehicle structure of Toyota Etios was rated as stable, offering good general adult occupant protection. The car included seatbelts with pretensioners for both front passengers. Using the child seats recommended by Toyota, the Etios achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection. As for the Datsun GO+, the vehicle structure was rated as unstable. The steering wheel movement, even though a steering wheel airbag was fitted, recorded high compression to the chest of the driver dummy. There was no airbag for the passenger. The Datsun GO+ achieved a two star rating for child occupant protection using the child seats. The MPV had no three-point seatbelt on the rear centre seats and no way to safely install a child seat or transport a small child safely in that seating position.

Collins Khumalo, CEO of the AA of South Africa said: “The crash tests represent an important step in road safety in South Africa. We believe consumers have a right to know what the safety ratings are on the cars they want to buy. These results are critical to educating the public about vehicle safety, but, more than that, they empower road users to make informed decisions. In the same way emissions and green ratings are displayed on vehicles, we think safety ratings should also be displayed on vehicles, and we don’t believe this should be too much of a challenge to make happen." Toyota Etios had Standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seatbelt for all passengers facilitating minimum conditions to safely install a child seat.

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