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How Safe is Your Car?

This month held the annual Australian Road Safety Awards in Melbourne, to acknowledge the achievements of leading road safety stakeholders and establish new standards of excellence in the broader road safety field.

So in an important month focusing on road safety as a whole, we thought we take a closer look at ANCAP safety ratings and what effect these can have on your car.

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So what is ANCAP exactly? The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate.

ANCAP provides Australian and New Zealand consumers with independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings. ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.

The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

A perfect example of how such rigorous testing can effect a new vehicle’s ANCAP Safety rating, was the Kia Carnival V6 that previously only achieved 4 stars out of 5 because there was “deformation” of the footwell area, “pedal movement was excessive” and “dash components were a potential source of knee injury for the driver”.

The 2016 safety rating applies to all variants of the Kia Carnival manufactured from December 2015. Kia Carnival V6 petrol variants built prior to this date retain a 4 star ANCAP safety rating.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said “After a disappointing 4 star result for the Carnival in March last year, Kia has worked to implement a number of safety improvements which have seen the vehicle reach the 5 star mark,”.

“A number of design changes to the Carnival have seen the score in the frontal offset test increase substantially and consumers should feel confident the updated vehicle offers significant improvements to safety,” he said.

Since 1992, ANCAP has published crash test results for a wide range of new passenger and light commercial vehicle makes, models and variants sold in Australia and New Zealand. To find out how safe your car is, simply visit

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