More than half of people who die in car crashes on New Zealand roads are in vehicles built before 2000. ANCAP, an Australian vehicle safety advocate, demonstrates the enhanced safety development in newer cars. The company filmed a 1998 Toyota Corolla accelerated at 64 kilometers per hour, crashing into its 2015 counterpart at the same speed.
Stella Sparks, general manager of the New Zealand Automobile Association, says to always buy the safest car that you can afford. “Safety is not a luxury.”