Consumers Should Demand Safety Features
Australian motorists should be demanding the latest safety features as standard when purchasing their new cars, Australia's peak motoring body – the Australian Automobile Association – claimed today.
Commenting on the latest release of safety ratings under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), AAA today criticised the fact some European cars have safety features which are removed or not standard on base models selling on the Australian market.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, called for the fitting of the latest safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and side air bags to be standard across all models.
Currently, some vehicles that have features such as ESC available as standard in Europe, only have them available in certain models in Australia," Mr Harris said.
"These models are invariably the high end of the vehicle range, which means those most in need of such safety features – such as young families – may not be able to afford them.
"That is wrong, and Australian consumers should be demanding these latest technologies as standard in their cars and not have to pay more.
"There is no doubt vehicle manufacturers are making cars safer today then even five or 10 years ago – but this practice of 'saving' these vital technologies for the upper end vehicle models is discriminating on the basis of cost."
To view the latest ANCAP star ratings for safety, please go to www.ancap.com.au.