Check safety rating of new cars urges RSA on scrappage scheme

The Road Safety Authority (RSA ) has recommended that anyone considering buying a new car under the Government’s car scrappage scheme should examine closely information about the safety performance of the car before buying.

The best source of such information is the European New Car Assessment Programme or Euro NCAP. Euro NCAP provides a realistic and independent measurement of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe by rating their performance in crash testing. Consumers then have the opportunity to compare the safety performance of similar sized vehicles with their chosen car.

Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority, offered the following advice: “If you are thinking of buying a new car be sure to ask the dealer about the car’s Euro NCAP rating before making a decision to buy.”

For anyone looking for information on the European New Car Assessment Programme or Euro NCAP the RSA has produced a handy leaflet which can be downloaded from www.rsa.ie or visit www.euroncap.com to view the ratings given to cars following crash testing by Euro NCAP.

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