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LDV van gets 2-star safety rating

It may be low cost, but the LDV V80 commercial van has also earned a very low ANCAP safety rating.

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The van, which sells for about $30,000, got 2 out of 5 stars because of the potential for a driver’s feet, legs and chest to be seriously injured in a crash. The crash test showed steering column components could injure the driver’s knees and the dash could injure the driver and front-seat passenger.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks said the result was disappointing.

“While we recognise the LDV as a low-cost option in the commercial van category, there is a risky trade-off in terms of occupant safety,” Ms Stocks says.

“This model only managed a score of 4.97 out of a possible 16 in the frontal offset test, which is extremely low. In addition, the van also lacks electronic stability control, which has limited the safety rating to 2 stars.”

She said the van also lacked chest- and head-protecting airbags and seatbelt reminders.

The crash test result applies to the short-wheelbase, low-roof variant of the van manufactured from 2013. You can check a vehicle’s ANCAP safety rating at aa.co.nz or rightcar.govt.nz.