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New Used Car Ratings Reveal Safest Vehicles On The Market

17 December 2022

Victorians in the market for a used car are being urged to prioritise safety, with the release of the 2022 Used Car Safety Ratings.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne said this year’s ratings show that people driving in the lowest rated car are eight times more likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash than people travelling in the highest rated car.

The Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR), released annually by Monash University Accident Research Centre, make it simple for Victorians to choose the safest used car in their budget, across all vehicle categories.

Of the 389 vehicles rated, 55 received a five-star rating, and 13 were awarded ‘Safer Pick’ status. Fifty-nine models were rated ‘poor’ (two stars), and a further 59 were ‘very poor’ (one star).

The age of a vehicle continues to be a significant factor, largely because safety features such as auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, electronic stability control and side curtain airbags are not as common on older cars.

Of the 125 drivers and passengers who have died on Victoria’s roads so far this year, more than half (65) have involved vehicles aged 10 years or older.

Encouragingly, Transport Accident Commission’s latest Road Safety Monitor survey revealed Victorians are increasingly prioritising safety, with 70 per cent of respondents considering safety features the most important factor when buying a vehicle.

MUARC calculated the 2022 UCSR by analysing the records from more than 9 million vehicles in police-reported road crashes in New Zealand and Australia between 1987 and 2020. The ratings consider the protection cars offer to drivers in a crash, harm to other road users, combined crashworthiness and crash risk.

The annual ratings update is overseen by the Vehicle Safety Research Group (VRSG), on which the Victorian Government is represented by the TAC and Department of Transport.

To browse the ratings and search for a safe used car, visit the TAC’s howsafeisyourcar.com.au.

Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne

“The risk of death or serious injury is significantly lower for people driving a car with modern safety features, and these ratings make it easier for people to find a safe car in their budget.”

Quote attributable to TAC Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore

“No one is immune to a mistake on the roads and modern vehicle safety features like Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Electronic Stability Control could save your life.”

Quote attributable to Head of Road Safety Victoria Marcelo Vidales

“These ratings are a great tool for drivers to choose the safest vehicle possible, within their budget, to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.”

Reviewed 17 December 2022

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