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Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR)

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is a member of the Vehicle Safety Research Group (VSRG) which commissions the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) to analyse police reported road crashes in Australia and New Zealand that involve fatalities and serious injuries.

The aim of the analysis is to assess how well various makes/models of light vehicles are able to protect the various road users in real world crashes. Based on the crash analysis carried out by MUARC, the VSRG publishes annual update to the Used Car Safety Ratings. The most recent update was published on 1 September 2015 and is based on more than 7.5 million involved vehicles and over 1.7 million injured road users involved in crashes from 1987-2013.

The ratings cover:

  • Crashworthiness: the relative safety of vehicles in preventing fatality or severe injury to their own drivers in crashes
  • Aggressivity: the serious injury risk vehicles pose to other road users with whom they collide. This includes unprotected road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists and driver of the other vehicle involved in a crash.
  • Total Secondary Safety Index: integrates into one measure the combined Crashworthiness and Aggressivity performance of a vehicle.


Last updated
31 August 2021