The two cars managed to get a shocking zero safety rating

The MG 5 and Mahindra Scorpio have managed to join an exclusive club – they are only the second and third vehicles ever to receive the infamous zero-star safety rating after their not-so-great performance in testing. Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

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Both cars were criticized “for the fundamental omission of safety features that have been commonplace in new cars for many years”, with ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg saying “both brands have misjudged the safety expectations of today’s consumers”. So, what went wrong?

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For beginners, MG 5 it received a Low rating that measures the risk of injury to the driver’s chest and legs in the frontal offset test, as well as a Low rating for the rear seat passenger’s chest and legs in the front full-width test. The car was also penalized for chest deflection and seat belt loads that exceeded injury limits, as well as hazards behind the dashboard structure.

In addition, it was found that the head and neck loads on the child mannequins were “significantly higher than most current-generation vehicles”. Poor results were seen for three of the four dummies in frontal and side impact tests, and the base Vibe doesn’t come with seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters at the front or rear, while the mid-range Essence lacks them at the rear. . In addition, the MG 5 is not offered with a central airbag, does not have lane assist or blind spot monitoring, has limited or no available autonomous emergency braking, nor does it have a driver alertness monitoring system or child rear warning system.

as for Mahindra The Scorpio earned a combination of good, acceptable, marginal, weak and poor protection for adult occupants in the frontal offset, full-width frontal, side impact and slanted pillar crash tests. The third row was also found to lack top tether child restraints, it doesn’t offer a front-row center airbag, and the driver’s seat belt was even seen to unbuckle in a side crash test.

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Particularly shocking is the fact that a seven-seat version of the Scorpio is sold in New Zealand, where there is only a lap belt in the second row center seat.

“The MG 5 and Mahindra Scorpio were introduced to the Australian market for the first time this year, yet it’s clear that their safety offerings are several generations behind what we see in almost every new car on sale today,” Hoorweg said. “This is a stark reminder that not all cars offer the same level of safety – even if they are brand new models.”