Older vehicles do not have to meet the same safety standards that modern cars are required to meet. This paper presents some observations about the structural and safety performance of older vehicles in the frontal offset crash test conducted by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and EuroNCAP for consumer information. Some comparisons of the safety performance between new and old vehicles in offset crash tests are made. The test results were analyzed to determine the various factors that contribute making a vehicle crashworthy. The newer vehicles generally scored better than the older vehicles. The results inform consumers about differences in safety features between new and old vehicles.
Jack Haley, Vanessa Bonney
NRMA Insurance Limited, University of New South Wales
International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles