Safer vehicles not only help drivers avoid crashes, but also protect occupants and other road users when crashes do happen.
A vehicle’s ability to prevent a crash or protect its occupants is key to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries on our roads.
Key facts about vehicle safety:
- Vehicles play a role in 79% of death and serious injury crashes.
- You are twice as likely to be seriously or fatally injured in a crash in a 1-star than in a 5-star vehicle.
- 41% of New Zealand’s light vehicles have 1 and 2-star safety ratings. That’s approximately 1.65 million vehicles, out of 4 million in the fleet.