How safe is a 5-star Global NCAP rated SUV, car in the real world

Mahindra Scorpio N Global NCAP crash test

Global NCAP tests are conducted at 64kph, so what will happen when a 5-star rated car meets with an accident at 65kph? (Princess Diana died in a Mercedes S-Class car crash.)

Mahesh, via email

Autocar India says: When it comes to Global NCAP ratings, if a car that has received a 5-star rating (where the frontal-offset crash test is conducted at a speed of 64kph) meets with an accident at a speed of 65kph, the outcome will depend on various factors such as the nature and severity of the collision, the design and safety features of the car, and the specific circumstances of the accident. A 5-star rating just indicates that the car has undergone safety tests conducted by a safety organisation, and has achieved the highest level of safety.

However, it’s important to note that even with a high safety rating, the outcome of a real-world accident can still vary. Factors like the angle of impact, the size and weight of the other vehicle involved, the use of seatbelts, the presence of additional safety features such as airbags and electronic stability control, among others, can significantly influence the outcome. Our view is that though Global NCAP crash tests are important, it is not the only measure of safety.

Therefore, it is crucial to follow proper safety practices, such as wearing seatbelts, properly adjusting headrests and using child restraint systems as applicable. Additionally, it is advisable to adhere to speed limits, drive attentively and ensure the car’s running without issues.

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