Audit of Kia Picanto reveals increased injury risk

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, has released the results of a test conducted on the locally-sold Kia Picanto.

The audit rest revealed a higher risk of serious injury to the driver compared with the initial test conducted in 2011, on which the Picanto’s current five-star ANCAP safety rating is based.

ANCAP identified the Picanto for audit testing following a zero star rating awarded earlier this year by sister test program AESEAN NCAP, for models sold in Indonesia.

“The trigger for this audit test was the considerable variation in structural performance seen on the Indonesian-sold Picanto,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.

“We wanted to confirm the validity of our existing rating for the safety of Australian and New Zealand consumers with the key driver being to provide assurance they can rely on ANCAP information when buying a new car.”

While dummy measurements obtained in the audit test revealed a difference in injury risk classification for driver chest and leg protection (‘Marginal’), the Picanto retains its overall five-star ANCAP safety rating.

“The score obtained in the audit test is still within the five-star range, but it is important consumers are made aware of these findings so they can make an informed decision in this highly competitive market segment,” Mr Goodwin said.

To search more than 580 crash test results and learn more about safety features, visit the ANCAP website.

ANCAP is supported by the RACQ and other Australian and New Zealand auto clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, IAG and the FIA Foundation.