Media releases about safety issues.

11 February 2016

Worrying increase in children and pets locked in vehicles

There is an alarming rise in children and pets locked inside vehicles this summer creating a spike in emergency AA Roadservice callouts. About 210 children and pets were rescued from vehicles by the A... Read more

26 January 2016

Competition grows with the release of new ANCAP ratings

A string of 5 stars kicks off the New Year with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus RX and the Jaguar XE all awarded the highest ANCAP safety ratings. All three high end models boast a suite of advanced cras... Read more

31 December 2015

Tragic increase in annual road toll

A tragic second straight year of more deaths on our roads is extremely sad and troubling, says the Automobile Association.This year’s road toll was 321 deaths. That is 27 more deaths than last year’s ... Read more

23 December 2015

AA urges extra care on holiday highways

The AA is expecting New Zealand’s highways to be extra busy these holidays, meaning drivers need to take extra care.“With fuel prices low, Christmas falling on a Friday and record numbers of tourists ... Read more

7 December 2015

SUVs come out strong in latest ANCAP ratings

A pre-Christmas sprinkling of 5-Star ANCAP safety ratings has the New Zealand SUV market covered. The new 3.0 litre diesel Audi Q7, the compact Honda HR-V and soon to be released Mitsubishi Pajero Spo... Read more

18 November 2015

AA creates virtual driving site to prepare visitors for NZ roads

A ground-breaking new virtual driving website is being launched by the AA to help better prepare tourists for driving in New Zealand. The AA Visiting Drivers Training Programme will allow visitors to ... Read more

11 November 2015

New Hyundai Tucson plans changes after missing top safety rating

The new 2015 Hyundai Tucson released earlier this year has come up short in the latest ANCAP results. The medium SUV earned a 4-star rating after the frontal offset crash test found the driver’s leg a... Read more

6 November 2015

AA welcomes new initiatives targeting drink driving

An alcohol interlock pilot programme being introduced by the Department of Corrections is a positive step in preventing drink driving, says the Automobile Association. The pilot programme aims to fund... Read more

30 October 2015

Flood of 5 star safety ratings for new vehicles

A number of new vehicles hitting the New Zealand market have all received 5 star ANCAP safety ratings giving consumers a greater choice when it comes to car buying. Eight vehicles announced by the Aus... Read more

11 September 2015

New top safe cars available, but life-saving technology slow to emerge

Top safety marks for new cars are flowing thick and fast with a range of vehicle categories at the top of the class. The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has added two of New Zealand’... Read more

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