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Vehicle Safety

Vehicle Safety

Continuous improvements in vehicle design and the incorporation of new technologies over the years have dramatically improved the safety of vehicles and the ability of occupants to survive a crash.  Road fatality statistics show that in many countries you are today 5 times more likely to survive a serious automobile accident compared with 40 years ago. 

If a vehicle's safety systems have been damaged and not repaired/not repaired correctly, or have been modified they may not protect the vehicle's occupants as they have been designed to do.  

Below is a list of the main safety components in a vehicle today:

  • Seatbelts- responsible for saving more lives than any other single safety component.
  • Airbags- front airbags are considered standard today, with side curtain becoming more common.
  • Crumple Zones- these areas in the front and rear of the vehicle are designed to crumple and absorb the force of impact in a collision.
  • Reinforced Occupant Compartment- designed so that roof pillars, floor panels, engine and firewall do not breach the occupant compartment.  The last line of defence to protect the occupants.
  • Headrests- critical in preventing serious neck injury from whiplash.  Should be fitted on all seats in the vehicle.
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)- helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle especially in inclement weather conditions.  Mandatory today to receive a 5 star safety rating.

JEVIC's NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) Border Inspection and Roadworthiness inspections are designed to identify areas that are a concern to safety with used vehicles.



ANCAP (Australasia New Car Assessment Program) recommends that consumers purchase a 4 or 5 star vehicle.  An easily searchable star ratings for models as well as crash test video's are available on their website: