The latest used car safety guide has highlighted three Australian-made vehicles as ‘safe picks’.
Those three vehicles are the recent model Ford Falcon and Toyota Aurion, along with the 2005-2008 Mitsubishi 380.
The Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers’ Guide gives prospective buys an indication as to how well each model protects drivers from death or serious injury.
Mark Borlace from the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) said the guide is helpful for any motorists looking to buy a safe car, because the analysis is based on real crashes.
“The Safe Pick rating identifies the best vehicles; which not only protect the driver in crashes, but also minimise injury to other road users including pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Borlace said.
The guide covers 197 vehicles in a range of sizes and vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2011.
Mr Borlace said used car buyers need to be very cautious when selecting a vehicle.
“While 90 models were rated as excellent or good, there were 22 models rated in the poor category and 48 very poor,” Mr Borlace said.
The ratings were calculated by the Monash University Accident Research Centre which analysed injury outcomes of more than 5.8 million vehicle crashes and 1.3 million injured road users between 1987 and 2010.