2017 safety rating for used car buyers

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07 Sep 2017

Western Australian drivers in the market for a second-hand vehicle, now have access the latest tool for choosing the safest used car for their family.

The 2017 Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) measure four aspects of vehicle safety performance for passenger and light commercial vehicles in Australia and New Zealand:
  • How a vehicle protects its own occupants a crash.
  • How well a vehicle protects other road users in a crash including other vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • The overall injury outcomes in a crash.
  • The relative risk of a vehicle being involved in a crash.

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron urged those West Australians in the market for a used vehicle to consult the Used Car Safety Ratings before making a purchase. “The Used Car Safety Ratings ‘Star Picks’ enable consumers to make an informed decision on the safest second-hand vehicle for their family, whether it’s being used as a second vehicle, or a teenagers first car,” said Mr Cameron.

“We urge Western Australians to put safety at the top of the shopping list when making a used car purchase, and referring to the buyer’s guide before making a purchase will give you peace of mind.”

The Road Safety Commission and other members of the Vehicle Safety Research Group analyse records from more than 7.5 million vehicles and over 1.7 million injured road users involved in crashes from 1987-2015 reported to police in Australia and New Zealand.

Safe Vehicles is one of the four cornerstones of the Safe System approach outlined in the State Government’s road safety strategy, Towards Zero 2008-2020.


Claire Thomas


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