These Popular South African Cars Are Deemed Unsafe By International Markets

November 24, 2017 3:35 pm Published by

Australia, New Zealand, the US and some EU countries legally require Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to be fitted as a standard feature in all cars sold in their respective countries. This has been a legal requirement in these countries for several years.

South Africa on the other hand doesn’t have this as a legal requirement and as a result there are a number of unsafe vehicles on our roads. Some cars sold in South Africa don’t even have a driver’s airbag and that’s worrisome.

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What is Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a computerised technology which detects the loss of control and applies increased braking force where the weight and momentum is strongest. It does this by applying braking force to each wheel individually. This helps steer the car where the driver intends it to go. and lowers your chances of being seriously injured or dying.

Popular Unsafe Cars

The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) released their second annual Entry-Level Car Safety report in October 2017. The report shows that only 2 out of the 25 cars priced below R160 000 were considered safe. Below is a list of the criteria used to score each vehicle:

  • Anti-lock Brake System (30 points)
  • Electronic Stability Control (30 points)
  • Driver’s Airbag (10 points)
  • Front Passenger Airbag (10 points)
  • Side Airbags (10 points)
  • Head / Curtain Airbags (20 points)
  • Crash Test Rating (25 points)

With that said and done, let’s have a look at the safety of South Africa’s most popular cars in the graphic below.

AA safeety rating infographic

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