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 2015, where someone was killed or seriously injured. Over seven million police reported crashes were analysed in the latest UCSR.

The Vehicle Safety Research Group (VSRG) engages Monash University Accident Research Centre to estimate and develop the UCSR. The data system created through estimating these ratings is further used to research a range of vehicle safety issues to inform future policy.

The ratings system covers both the role of the vehicle in determining injury outcomes (secondary safety) and the contribution of vehicle design and specification to crash risk (primary safety). Secondary safety includes 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 user’s ratings. 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.

Vehicles can also be awarded a “safe pick”. These vehicles provide excellent protection to their own driver and cause less serious injury to other road users.

With the progression of vehicle safety, newer vehicles are usually safer than older ones. Vehicles are now being fitted with features that can help avoid a crash or reduce the severity if a crash does occur. Features to look for include:

    Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

    Blind Spot Warning

    Brake Assist

    Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

    Front, side, curtain and knee airbags

    Lane Departure Warning

    Seatbelts with pretension devices

For further information check out the full report.

The Vehicle Safety Research Group is represented 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 for your car use the Find my Car search feature  or view 2017 UCSR Guide (pdf 4mb)or view previous years UCSR brochures.