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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 01:43

Watch out for cars when walking in Australia


According to a report, released on March 30, 2010, from the Centre for Automotive Safety Research, over three out of four new cars driving around in Australia would not pass international standards for pedestrian safety. Keep your eyes and ears open! It's dangerous out there!



The report by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), within the University of Adelaide, says that 33 different types of cars built in Australia or imported into the country were tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Of those 33 cars, tested since 2002, only six of them (about 18%) would pass the Pedestrian Safety part of the Global Technical Regulation (GTR).

So, about 84% would NOT pass the pedestrian safety regulation--that's way over three out of four (75%).

Daniel Searson, a researcher for CASR, is mentioned in The Motor Report (TMR) article 'Majority Of Cars On Australian Roads Pose Serious Risks For Pedestrians: Study.'

Searson says, as paraphrased by the TMR article that ''¦ Australian carmakers are losing ground to Japanese and European brands in designing cars that protect both occupants and pedestrians.'

Further, he states, 'The key factors in vehicle design which help minimise pedestrian injuries are the car's ability to absorb impact from a human body and the clearance between the bonnet and the engine.'

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Searson also states that CASR studies have shown that about 28 lives each year would be saved and around 1,000 injuries prevented annually if manufacturers adopted minimum pedestrian safety requirements.

However, it is also stated in the TMR article that the Australian government does not require automobile manufacturers to make cars according to the Pedestrian Safety Global Technical Regulation.

It does not require carmakers to consider pedestrian safety when producing cars to be driven in Australia even thought the Australian Government has signed the United Nation's (UN's) Pedestrian Safety Global Technical Regulation.




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