March 4, 2005

Audi, BMW Slammed For Pedestrian-Lethal Design

"If you're unlucky enough to be hit by a car, pray it wasn't made by Audi, BMW or Vauxhall. It's a disgrace that makers are ignoring pedestrian safety when, for the sake of spending a bit more, they could potentially help save hundreds of lives each year," says Malcolm Coles, editor of Which? magazine published by the U.K.-based consumer advocacy group of the same name.

"In recent EuroNCAP tests the Audi TT, Skoda Superb and Suzuki Grand Vitara were all found to be potential death threats to pedestrians despite the fact it's cheap and easy for manufacturers to make cars more pedestrian-friendly. The cars all scored zero points and show no sign of thought given to preventing pedestrian injury in a lower speed collision," according to a press statement from Which?. "Simple design improvements - costing an average of just £53 for each new car - could save 255 lives and 6,300 serious injuries in the UK each year. Which? is also naming and shaming other popular cars that did badly in the tests, putting pedestrians at too high a risk; they include the BMW 1-series, 5-series and X5, Jaguar X-Type, Range Rover and Vauxhall Astra. "

Tests gave relatively high marks to models from Citroen, Honda, Seat and Volkswagen.

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