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Australia leading the way to new international crash standard



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23 September 1993

AUSTRALIA LEADING THE WAY TO NEW INTERNATIONAL CRASH STANDARD

The Federal Government's new series of vehicle crash tests will lead the way to an unprecedented worldwide vehicle safety standard, according to Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Communications, Neil O'Keefe.

'Frontal crashes are the biggest killer on our roads', Mr O'Keefe said today, while attending the second of these crash tests in Sydney.

Last year, the Federal Government introduced a new Australian Design Rule for full frontal impact which will see airbags fitted to most passenger cars by the mid 1990s.

'However, not all frontal crashes are completely head-on; there are also offset frontal crashes where only part of the car is struck, but currently no world standard exists to cover this type of crash.

That is why Australia is participating in an international committee to develop just such a standard. The information from the crash test today will be considered in the development process', Mr O'Keefe said.

Mr O'Keefe said that these tests being conducted by the Federal Office of Road Safety were the first of their type in Australia and demonstrated the Federal Government's commitment to continue providing the best vehicle safety standards in the shortest possible time.

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