The 2015 Suzuki Celerio has scored just a four star ANCAP safety rating after failing to qualify for a particular crash test.
The news comes as another blow for the Thai-built model which has already been recalled after overseas models suffered cases of brake failure.
In announcing the results, ANCAP welcomed the addition of head-protecting side curtain air-bags and seat belt reminders, features omitted from the European-sold model.
But, despite these inclusions, because the Suzuki Celerio did not have the requisite number of safety assist technologies for 5 stars, it was ineligible for a pole test.
ANCAP Chairman Lachlan McIntosh says good performance in the pole test is required for a five star rating.
“ANCAP has put pressure on manufacturers to include head-protecting side airbags for many years, introducing this as a mandatory 5 star requirement in 2004.”
“We are happy to see Suzuki’s positive response to this pressure even though the Celerio’s list of other safety features does not meet ANCAP’s requirements for 5 stars.”
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