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TMR Team | Jul 27, 2017

Crash testing body, ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program) has taken aim at the LDV’s G10 commercial van and its related people-mover variant for not doing enough to protect occupants.

ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin described the G10’s crash performance as a “disappointing result for LDV,” based on the results of local tests.

“There were a number of serious concerns with the G10’s structural performance with the driver footwell rupturing and excessive pedal movement,” he says.

“Steering column and dash components were also a potential source of knee injury for the driver and passenger.”

Under ANCAP’s assessment criteria the G10 scored 24.49 out of a possible 37 points, with marginal protection for the chest and upper legs of the driver and front passenger, and marginal protection for the driver’s feet.

The G10’s results reflects a similar result in 2015 for the larger V80 van, which also returned a three-star score.

Goodwin called on van manufacturers to improve their efforts..

“The safety standards of passenger and commercial vans remains well below those offered in other segments with 67 per cent of vans rated by ANCAP holding a rating of four stars or less so we urge all brands to ensure an emphasis on safety carries across all market segments,” he says.

The G10’s result also reveals a glaring loophole in the ANCAP test regime, which automatically awards large vehicles a perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact test, despite the physical test itself not actually taking place. Pole, whiplash, and pedestrian protection data are were also not gathered for the G10.

Goodwin did criticise the lack of “important safety features such as head- and chest-protecting side airbags”. According to the official crash report ANCAP’s experience shows with vehicles like the G10 don’t pose a safety risk in the side impact test.

The G10 scored just 9.37 out of 16 for the frontal offset test, and lacks front seatbelt pretensioners, a passenger seatbelt reminder, autonomous emergency braking, but does come with tyre pressure monitoring, stability control with rollover mitigation, electronic stability control, and dual front airbags.

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