Global NCAP Requests Carmakers To Meet Basic Safety Standards By 2020
Global NCAP recently announced its call to action for automobile manufacturers to work toward democratization of safety for all cars worldwide. The organization revealed that millions of new cars, which are sold to both low-income and middle-income countries, have failed to meet the basic safety standards of the United Nations. Such standards, were not met for side- impact and frontal-impact collisions. Global NCAP is urging manufacturers to meet these basic safety standards by 2020.
Road traffic crashes are on track to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030, if no action is taken. “Over one million people die and 20-50 million people are severely injured from road traffic crashes around the world every year, making road traffic injuries the eighth leading cause of preventable death,” according to Global NCAP.
This latest news brings awareness to the lack of safety improvements in low-income economies. High-income economies have reduced the number of accident fatalities through legislation and consumer awareness campaigns. On the other hand, such measures are not present in burgeoning, low-income economies. Global NCAP Chairman, Max Mosley, finds the discrepancy in safety improvement standards unacceptable. There are calls for manufacturers to put an end to “mistreating” millions of customers in terms of life-saving standards of occupant protection. Mosley presented at the U.N., during the launch of Global NCAP’s policy report, entitled “Democratizing Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020.”
Global NCAP also notes that the drive for the democratization of car safety must be extended across all automotive markets worldwide. The organization wants all new cars to meet basic standards for both crash avoidance and crash protection by 2020. This goal requires implementation of electronic stability control, airbags and crumple zones. The new report highlights ten recommendations, which could transform global car safety.
The Global NCAP’s policy recommendations states that governments and the insurance industry should provide fiscal incentives and encourage faster deployment of new, safety technologies.
Global NCAP also highlights that the automotive industry should cease the practice of bundling safety features. Instead, they suggest making available the full range of safety design and devices in all major markets. The report recommends that manufacturers improve their reporting to include data on applied safety standards.
The Automobile Recall & Defect Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, applaud the efforts of the NCAP in working to make cars safer for everyone. To download the Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020 report click here.