15 Jul 2015
Jeep Renegade achieves double five stars but Chery IQ disappoints with zero stars in Latin NCAP crash tests
The latest Latin NCAP crash test results show important progress but also expose the continued sale of some cars with sub-standard levels of safety. With new support from Bloomberg Philanthropies Latin NCAP is continuing to champion improved levels of adult and child occupant protection which in many countries still fall below minimum United Nations safety standards. The latest results show an encouraging double five star rating by the Jeep Renegade and a disappointing zero stars in adult and child occupant safety from Chery.
The, produced in Brazil, achieved five stars in Child and Adult Occupant Protection. The car structure is robust, the airbags and seatbelts protect occupants well in front collision and it offers good protection in side impact. The Renegade fits two frontal airbags, ABS, and seatbelt reminders as standard in all versions. This model has recently been introduced in the market.
The basic version of the, produced in China, is currently offered without airbags and scored zero stars in Adult Occupant Protection and also zero stars in Child Occupant Protection. This model is the substitute of the old version of the Chery QQ and is also named New QQ, Q and QQ depending on the country. The manufacturer did not recommend the child seats to be used in the test an action which Latin NCAP encourages all manufacturers to do; this decision explained part of the low score in the Child Occupant Protection. Latin NCAP maintains that manufacturers are responsible for the safety of all the passengers, adults and child occupants.
Thewas updated with driver seat belt reminder for all units as from July 2015, after its assessment and meeting Latin NCAP requirements, the New Palio with airbags has increased its previous 2014 score to four stars in Adult Occupant Protection. The instructions manual for the Child safety installation has also been improved and this has increased the Child Occupant Protection score to three stars.
María Fernanda Rodríguez, Latin NCAP President and Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez said: “We are very satisfied to see how seriously some manufacturers are taking child road safety. It is now time for all manufacturers to take this approach so we can see popular models reaching five star levels of child protection. It remains very disappointing that some manufacturers are still not committed to the safety of motoring consumers in Latin America, this situation must change urgently”
Alejandro Furas, Latin NCAP Secretary General said: “Latin NCAP is pleased to see new models locally produced achieving five stars for adult and child occupants. It is the first time that a Brazilian produced model achieves five stars for both adult and child occupant protection. It is encouraging to see those results ahead of the High Level Conference on the UN Decade of Action meeting to be hosted by Brazil in Brasilia this November. Unfortunately lack of safety regulations by some governments in the region makes it possible for sub-standard cars like the Chery IQ to be offered for sale to the public. Hopefully the High Level meeting in Brasilia will take action to apply UN crash standards across Latin America”.
Latin NCAP is pleased to announce that more results will be released this year in September, November and December. In addition to our existing supporters Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Latin NCAP is now also being assisted in 2015 by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Initiative.
About Latin NCAP
The Latin New Car Assessment Programme (Latin NCAP) was launched in 2010 to develop a regional system of independent crashworthiness and safety rating across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). Latin NCAP replicates similar consumer testing programmes developed over the last thirty years in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and which have proved to be very effective in improving the safety of motor vehicles. Since 2010 Latin NCAP has published the results of more than fifty cars in six test phases.
Latin NCAP is an Associate member of Global NCAP and supports theespecially the vehicle pillar of the Global Plan for the Decade.
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