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Re: Renaults 5 star saftey, is it really that safe?
I guess this is one of those questions which will split opinion.
To my mind, the ncap tests may not be foolproof, nor representative of all types of collision, but they give an objective basis of comparison, which is better than nothing.
Will manufacturers 'try' to engineer the cars to get a good score? Of course.
Is that a 'bad' thing? No, as a 'good' score means a 'better' performance - nothing here is mutually exclusive.
To look at a photo, without any kind of background info about speeds involved, what the collision was between, etc, is a bit meaningless, as a car hitting another car will give different results from a car hitting a tree (for example)...
Besides, stars aren't just awarded for passenger cell lack of deformation, it also involves factors such as if the pedals move, steering column snapping, and if the doors can still open, etc, etc.
A good discussion point, but I'm sure Renault aren't making inherently unsafe cars which have been rigged to pass a series of tests.
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