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Warnings About Used Car Death Traps

36 vehicles given safety tick

Warnings About Used Car Death Traps Pic: RACQ

A wake up call for anyone, especially parents, prepping to buy a used car, after a Queensland report revealed the dangers of older style, smaller vehicles. 

The RACQ's Steve Spalding tells us we should be opting to take the keys of something more along the lines of a 'family car', rather than the smaller models like Toyota Echos or Hyundai Getz. 

"In general, the family car will be a new vehicle and will have a much higher level of safety and better equipment. [Parents should] put them in the safer car so then if they do make a mistake, if they do have a crash, it's not going to be as bad" 

“Most young drivers opt for a small car when they get their licence, but if they want the best protection in the event of a crash they need to swap for the safer family car."

“Thankfully nowadays safety doesn’t have to come at a high price - many safe used vehicles can be bought for less than $10,000.”

"Young drivers are very inexperienced and they just don't have that level of skills that we have as more experienced drivers. Their crash risk is much higher and therefore we need to look at how we protect them so if they do make a mistake, it's not going to cost them their life" 

“Our ‘safer pick’ models not only have excellent protection for the driver, they’ll actually cause less injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” he said.
“If all cars had comprehensive safety features like airbags and electronic stability control, the number of fatal and disabling crashes would significantly drop.”

The RACQ's given 36 makes and models a safety tick of approval: 

MAKE

MODEL

YEAR(s)

Audi

A3

2004 – 2013

BMW

1 Series E81/E82/E87/E88

2004 – 2013

Subaru

Impreza/XV

2012 – 2015

Toyota

Prius 3

2009 – 2015

Audi

A4/S4 B8/AllRoad/RS4

2008 – 2015

Ford

Mondeo

2007 – 2015

Jaguar

X-Type

2002 – 2010

Lexus

IS350/IS250/IS F

2005 – 2013

Mazda

6/Atenza

2008 – 2011

Mercedes Benz

C-Class W204/C204

2007 – 2015

Mercedes Benz

CLK 209

2003 – 2009

Peugeot

407

2004 – 2011

Subaru

Liberty/Legacy/Outback/Exiga

2009 – 2014

Mercedes Benz

E-Class W211

2002 – 2009

Mercedes Benz

E-Class W212/W213/C207/A207

2009 – 2015

Volvo

V70/XC70

2000 – 2007

Honda

Odyssey

2004 – 2009

Honda

City

2009 – 2013

Mercedes Benz

Vito/Viano/Valente

2004 – 2015

Volkswagen

Caravelle/Transporter/Multivan

2004 – 2015

Holden

Colorado RC

2008 – 2011

Hyundai

ix35

2010 – 2015

Volkswagen

Tiguan

2008 – 2015

Audi

Q5/SQ5

2009 – 2015

Honda

CR-V

2012 – 2015

Hyundai

Santa Fe CM

2006 – 2012

Mazda

CX-7

2006 – 2012

Mitsubishi/Peugeot

Outlander/4007

2006 – 2012

Toyota

Kluger/Highlander

2007 – 2013

Audi

Q7

2006 – 2014

BMW

X5 E53

2001 – 2006

BMW

X5 E70

2007 – 2013

Mercedes Benz

ML/GL-Class W164/X164

2005 – 2011

Mercedes Benz

ML-Class W163

1998 – 2005

Volvo

XC90

2003 – 2015

The 2017 Used Car Safety Ratings report assessed 279 used cars using data from more than 7.5 million real-world crashes in Australia and New Zealand, comparing their level of safety in protecting the driver and other road users in a collision.

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