Millions of new cars sold in middle and low income countries fail to meet the UN’s basic safety standards for front and side impacts, international automotive safety watchdog Global NCAP has said in a new report published on 10 March.
The recommendations include: the adoption of minimum car safety regulations by UN Member States by the end of the UN Decade of Action in 2020; support by Governments and donors to extend consumer testing to all major automobile markets; that automobile manufacturers should make a voluntary commitment to apply front and side impact crash test standards to all new models from 2016; and that the industry should cease the practice of de-specification and bundling of safety features.
Speaking at the UN in Geneva during the launch of the new policy report, Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020, Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said:
“Safety improvements stimulated by legislation and consumer awareness campaigns in high income economies that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives are not yet systematically available for drivers and their families in rapidly growing lower income markets.
“For example, crash test standards introduced twenty years ago for cars sold in Europe, are yet to be met by many new cars, and even brand new models, being sold today in leading middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is entirely unacceptable. Manufacturers cannot continue to treat millions of their customers as second class citizens when it comes to life saving standards of occupant protection.”
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