Safest and most dangerous used cars revealed: RACQ
RACQ has revealed a list of the nation's safest and most dangerous used cars on the market.
RACQ's 2016 Buyer's Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings has examined more than 266 used cars using data from more than seven million real-world crashes across Australia and New Zealand.
Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said there was significant variation in the level of safety within each vehicle category.
"For example, a 2009 Ford Focus was given a five star safety rating, while a 2005 Nissan Pulsar was given a one star safety rating. These are both small cars with dramatically different levels of protection," Mr Spalding said.
"Some models, including fairly new cars, had great protection for the driver, but had a high risk of injury to other road users in a crash.
"If you care about the safety of yourself and others choose one of the 'safe pick' models. It means they have excellent protection for not just the driver but will actually cause less injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists."
Mr Spalding said new model cars generally had better safety ratings than older vehicles.
"Not surprisingly, newer cars are safer due to advances in design and technology," he said.
"If all cars had the latest safety features - like more airbags and electronic stability control - the number of fatal and disabling crashes would significantly drop.
"Safety need not be compromised by price. A safe used vehicle can be bought for less than $10,000."
RACQ is part of the Vehicle Safety Research Group which commissioned the research from Monash University and is comprised of the major motoring clubs and state motoring authorities in Australia and New Zealand.
For the full list of ratings, click: http://goo.gl/EAyvaz.