Chinese company G10 has come under criticism after gaining just 3 stars in Australian crash testing for its van and minibus range.
Independent Australasian vehicle safety authority, ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Programme), has released a 3 star safety rating for the LDV G10 commercial van and people mover.
The Chinese-manufactured G10 is the second LDV model tested by ANCAP to offer a below-par level of structural safety and safety specification.
“This is a disappointing result for LDV and consumers with commercial buyers and families being let down in an important segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.
“There were a number of serious concerns with the G10’s structural performance with the driver footwell rupturing and excessive pedal movement. Steering column and dash components were also a potential source of knee injury for the driver and passenger.”
“The G10 also lacks important safety features such as head- and chest-protecting side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners which consumers today expect to be provided as standard – particularly in a vehicle which can carry up to nine passengers.”
“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,” Mr Goodwin added.
The 3 star rating for the LDV G10 applies to all petrol and diesel van and people mover variants sold in Australia and New Zealand from mid 2015.