Australia’s used car safety ratings 2021 revealed
Data reveals the driver of a one-star UCSR-rating vehicle is over eight times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than a driver in a five-star vehicle.
It is estimated three million used cars are sold each year in Australia, or about three times the number of new cars. The rising numbers of SUVs on Australian roads has translated to good news for safer motoring, according to the 2021 edition of the Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR).
According to the study prepared by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre (MUARC) and sponsored by RACV, no fewer than 18 of the 29 vehicles judged to be ‘safer picks’ for both drivers and other road-users were medium and large SUVs.
In total, 378 different cars, utes, vans and SUV models manufactured between 1982 and 2019 were rated by the UCSR, covering the vast majority of mainstream second-hand vehicles on Victorian roads.
Download your 2021 edition of the Used Car Safety Ratings here.