Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR)

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Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR’s) help you to identify safer second hand cars.

The latest UCSR are based on statistics collected from car crashes in Australia and New Zealand between 1990 and 2013, where someone was killed or seriously injured. Over seven million police reported crashes were analysed in the latest UCSR.

The ratings reflect the relative safety of vehicles in preventing severe injury to people involved in crashes. The ratings include driver protection (crashworthiness) and protection for other road users (aggressivity). Driver protection ratings indicate the relative safety of vehicles in preventing severe injury to their own drivers in the event of a crash whilst protection for other road user ratings indicate how well the vehicle protects other road users with which they collide. 

HowSafeIsYourCar.com.au displays the driver protection rating and protection for other road users ratings. As far as possible, the ratings reflect safety performance related to vehicle design alone by controlling for a range of non-vehicle related factors known to affect injury outcome, such as, sex, age, speed limit and number of vehicles involved. The ratings were also adjusted for the type of crash and road user combination. 

Some of the assumptions and qualifications about the crash records and methodology used include:

For further information check out the full report.

The UCSR research project is funded by the following organisations:

Transport for NSW, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, NRMA Motoring and Services, VicRoads, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Transport Accident Commission, New Zealand Transport Agency, the New Zealand Automobile Association, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand and by grants from the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport and the Road Safety Commission of Western Australia.

To find the UCSR rating for your car use the Find my Car search feature  or view 2016 UCSR Guide (pdf 4mb)or view previous years UCSR brochures.