Aussie Study Names and Shames "Death Traps"
Automotive safety has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. The Herald Sun reports on the not unexpected corollary: comparing like-to-like, new cars are vastly safer than their antecedents. According to a study of 2.8m real world crashes by Melbourne-based Monash University, larger locally-made cars (e.g. Fords and Holdens) are less safe than smaller European cars, which still "lead the way in safety features." The report lists five vehicles to "avoid in the used car lot:" Mitsubishi Cordia (1983 – 1987); Ford Falcon XE/XF (1982-1988); Mitsubishi Starwagon/L300 (1983-1986);Toyota Tarago (1983-1989); and the Toyota Hiace/Liteace (1982-1995). Interestingly, the official list also scores "How seriously your vehicle is likely to harm another road user."