Last updated on Dec 8th, 2020 at 09:11 am

In their mission to get government to implement higher safety measures for vehicles sold to the South African market, the #SaferCarsForAfrica coalition revealed its latest crash test results…

The Global NCAP and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) shared the results of crash tests done on three vehicles sold to the SA market. The tests and results are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the FIA Foundation.

“The three models tested, the Steed 5 pickup from Great Wall, the Haval H1 five door SUV and the Kwid five door compact from Renault, all gave serious cause for concern with poor levels of adult and child protection,” said a statement from the AA.

“Alarmingly the zero-rated Great Wall Steed 5 demonstrated a high probability of life-threatening injury.”

The Great Wall Steed 5 joins the Cherry Q3 and the Nissan NP300 Hardbody as some of the most unsafe vehicles on our roads.

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Both adults and children are at risk in these vehicles.

Willem Groenewald, AA South Africa CEO said, “Since the #SaferCarsforAfrica programme’s first results were launched in 2017 we’ve been calling for an improvement in the safety standards set by government. These results again confirm the urgent need for this to happen; we simply cannot have unsafe cars on our roads anymore.”

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Here are the results of the crash tests:

Great Wall Steed 5

Great Wall Steed 5

Pickups, also known as ‘Bakkies’ are a popular category of vehicle in Africa. Following the 2018 crash test of the Nissan NP300 Hardbody, Global NCAP selected the Great Wall Steed 5, which competes on price with the Nissan in the pickup category.

The Steed 5 is tested in the basic version without airbags. Driver dummy readings showed a red head and brown chest and neck, which translates into poor protection for head and weak protection for neck and chest. Those body parts are considered critical body regions. The structure was considered as unstable as was the footwell area. The deformation in the passenger compartment and movement of the steering column questions if an airbag would be able to prevent serious injuries to the driver.

As the manufacturer decided not to recommend a Child Restraint System (CRS) for the test, zero points were awarded for the child occupant dynamic assessment score. The three year old dummy CRS broke during the impact due to the poor performance of the restrain system. The Steed 5 does not have ISOFIX anchorages for the child seats in the rear and lacks three point belts in all seating positions.

Watch the crash test below:


 

Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid

The Renault Kwid was tested by Global NCAP when it was launched in India in 2016 and its structure has since been improved. A version manufactured in Brazil was later tested by Latin NCAP where it achieved 3 stars, with side body airbags added to frontal airbags and ABS.

In Africa the Kwid with the recent facelift offers 2 airbags as standard. The protection offered to the driver head was rated adequate and good for the passengers. Both necks show good protection but the driver chest showed weak protection.

An unstable body structure, unstable footwell structure and pedal movement, explain the two stars for adult occupant protection. The child occupant protection showed poor performance as the head contacted the interior of the car. The lack of three point belts in all seating positions and lack of ISOFIX anchorages contribute to the 2 star rating for Child occupant protection.

Watch the crash test below:

 

 


Haval H1

Haval H1

The Haval H1 is part of the popular new vehicle segment of small SUVs. The H1 offers two airbags as standard. The injuries recorded in the driver and passenger head and neck showed good protection. Driver chest showed weak protection and passenger chest showed good protection. Feet showed poor protection, which together with the driver readings, unstable structure and unstable footwell area explain the two-star rating for adult occupant protection.

Child occupant protection was negatively affected because the manufacturer refused to indicate a CRS for use in the test bringing dynamic points to zero. The CRS selected by Global NCAP used the ISOFIX anchorages available in the car. Both child dummies heads contacted the car during the test threatening the safety of the child occupants. Lack of proper ISOFIX markings and the lack of a passenger airbag disabling switch resulted in a two star child occupant protection rating for the H1.

Haval Motors responded to the safety test results with the following statement:

“Safety is not only our top priority with every vehicle we manufacture, it is quite literally part of our DNA. We at Haval Motor South Africa rank the safety of our clients as paramount, so much so that it is one of our core corporate values. For that reason, we have spent over 650 Billion US Dollars per year on R&D alone.”

“We as a company are surprised at the results of this round of testing which included two of the vehicles in our stable as we proudly meet and exceed the standards as set out by the National Regulator for Compulsory standards.”

“It is regrettable that vehicles are tested that have been in production for quite some time and are fitted with basic passive and active safety aids due to them being of a lower specification in this area to obviously assist in bringing the overall price of the vehicle down making it more accessible than vehicles with all the safety aids.”

“We have thousands of happy and safe motorists using our products and that’s why we continue to invest in safety technologies of tomorrow.”

Watch the crash test below:

 

Child Occupant Protection

Global NCAP awards a separate child safety rating to each car in order to highlight the different levels of protection vehicles provide to child passengers on the rear seats. Global NCAP tests a CRS recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Because the only safe way for young children to travel is properly restrained in a child seat, the assessment checks how compatible the car is with the child seats, as well as crash protection.

Only one of the vehicles tested offers ISOFIX as standard which is a major concern knowing the major advantages of this feature.

 

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