A van and a people mover from LDV have scored a “disappointing” three stars in safety tests conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.
The score for the Chinese-manufactured LDV G10 people mover and G10 commercial van is not the first below-par score for LDV, with the V80 van also scoring three stars.
“This is a disappointing result for LDV and consumers, with commercial buyers and families being let down in an important segment,” said ANCAP CEO James Goodwin.
“There were a number of serious concerns with the G10’s structural performance, with the driver footwell rupturing and excessive pedal movement. Steering column and dash components were also a potential source of knee injury for the driver and passenger.”
Mr Goodwin said the G10 also lacks important safety features such side airbags, which protect the head and chest, and seatbelt pre-tensioners, which consumers expect as standard.
“The safety standards of passenger and commercial vans remains well below those offered in other segments, with 67 per cent of vans rated by ANCAP holding a rating of four stars, or less so we urge all brands to ensure an emphasis on safety carries across all market segments,” Mr Goodwin said.
RACV manager vehicle engineering Michael Case said: “It is important that Victorians drive the safest cars they can afford. A five-star safety rating means that the vehicle is among the safest on the roads and five-star vehicles are now available in every segment in Australia.”
Mr Case said a vehicle’s safety rating could be a matter of life and death in the event of a crash.
The three-star rating for the LDV G10 applies to all petrol and diesel van and people mover variants sold in Australia and New Zealand from mid 2015.
This follows poor safety results earlier in the year, with the Great Wall Steed scoring a low two stars in April and the Ford Mustang also scoring two stars in February.
A spokesman for LDV – a subsidiary of massive conglomerate SAIC, China’s biggest car-maker – said the manufacturer is “disappointed with the result and will use the valuable data from this test to improve the LDV G10’s safety performance”.
“SAIC recognises the importance of safety and is committed to making all future products from LDV achieve a minimum of a five-star ANCAP score,” the spokesman said.