In 2009, Euro NCAP changed its rating system but as many cars being bought and sold were tested before that date it is important to know both rating systems. Since 2009, cars are given a single overall rating (up to a maximum of five stars) which is comprised of averages of scores in the areas of adult protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. The score is not a straight average, but is calculated on an algorithm, with note being taken of any area which is underachieving.
The dynamic tests are identical to those before 2009, but a test for whiplash neck injury protection in rear impact was added at that date. Also, Euro NCAP now rewards not only Seatbelt reminders, but also Speed Limiters and the standard fitment of Electronic Stability Control. Cars tested before 2009 have three separate ratings, covering adult protection, child occupant and pedestrian protection. Also, before 2009, Euro NCAP rewarded cars for having an intelligent seatbelt reminder as part of the adult protection rating. When buying a car tested before 2009, you should be careful to take all three ratings into consideration.
Ratings are helpful when buying a car – either new or second-hand
Buying a car is a large financial outlay but also of course you are putting your safety and that of your family in the hands of the manufacturer, so you need to know that there are as many safety features as possible on board. The NCAP ratings are very useful, but no amount of safety gadgets is a match for careful driving. Even if you are careful yourself, you may become a victim of someone else’s thoughtlessness, in which case you can probably claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline – for when safety precautions go wrong
Everyone knows that sometimes an accident is simply that and that no one is to blame. If you are hurt in an accident that is someone else’s fault, however, you have a right to compensation. As long as the accident happened within the last three years and you needed medical attention for your injuries, give Accident Advice Helpline a call to see if you are eligible. Alternatively, you could visit the website and fill in the 30-second test to check for yourself whether you have a claim and how much it might be. Our number is 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone.