December 17, 2018

Chinese car scores 0 out of 5 in crash test

Geely crash test aftermath - anyone got phone numbers for next of kin?

Chinese car maker Geely has achieved the dubious distinction of receiving no stars out of five in independent crash tests.

Latin NCAP, the recently launched South American version of Europe’s New Car Assessment Program rates cars according to their crashworthiness. They gave the Geely CK compact sedan no stars out of a possible five.

Just to throw in a bit of irony, Geely has recently bought Swedish car maunfacturer and auto safety pioneer Volvo.

Geely is planning to launch its cars onto the Australian market in the near future. What tends to happen is that poorer markets like South America get cars with much lower safety specifications to keep costs down. Models for Western nations are of much higher build quality. So Aussies should get something a bit safer.

Latin NCAP found the Geely CK offered poor protection to most parts of the driver’s body, while chest protection was rated as weak. It is almost comical but the test car had a switch to deactivate the front passenger seat airbag.

The problem was that the car sold in the South American markets was not fitted with an airbag. Newswarped thinks that having an on/off switch for something that doesn’t exist is quite unique, and provides some psychological comfort to motorists.

The report said ”Probably any airbags in this car would not improve the weak body shell integrity.”

The Geely CK compact sedan wins a spot prize as the first car to get no stars in crash safety testings.

According to the NCAP report, a significant amount of body shell collapse resulted in the windscreen pillar, steering column and pedals moving a long way from their original position.

”The body shell was not capable of withstanding any further loading,” it said.

The car was crashed into an offset barrier at 64km/h, replicating a common type of collision when a vehicle either wanders into a lane of oncoming traffic or turns in front of an approaching vehicle.

But don’t take our word for it. Have a look at the crash test footage below for yourself.