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The overall safety of LDV’s G10 model has been called into question, after ANCAP awarded the Chinese manufacturer a three star rating on its mid 2015 model.

The G10 is the second LDV model tested by ANCAP to offer a “below-par level of structural safety and safety specification” after the V80 model in 2015.

“This is a disappointing result for LDV and consumers with commercial buyers and families being let down in an important segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.

“There were a number of serious concerns with the G10’s structural performance with the driver footwell rupturing and excessive pedal movement. Steering column and dash components were also a potential source of knee injury for the driver and passenger.”

The LDV G10 (Jun 2015 – onwards) model in a frontal offset test by ANCAP at 64km/h

“The G10 also lacks important safety features such as head- and chest-protecting side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners which consumers today expect to be provided as standard – particularly in a vehicle which can carry up to nine passengers.”

Mr Goodwin said that the results for the G10 suggest a wider safety problem for the passenger and commercial van sector as a whole.

“The safety standards of passenger and commercial vans remains well below those offered in other segments with 67 per cent of vans rated by ANCAP holding a rating of four stars or less so we urge all brands to ensure an emphasis on safety carries across all market segments.”

The 3 star rating for the LDV G10 applies to all petrol and diesel van and people mover variants sold in Australia and New Zealand from mid 2015.