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Are You Driving The Safest Car In The State?

Motoring body the RACQ has released a list of the safest used vehicles with the 2009 Ford Focus topping the small car table.

The RACQ gave the Focus a five-star rating and it was the only vehicle in its category to earn a safe pick tag despite other vehicles in the category getting a five-star rating.

The safe pick tag takes into account protection for the driver, injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorbike riders in a collision.

There were seven vehicles in the medium size range which received the safe pick tag including the 2001 and the 2008 Audi A4, the 2007 Ford Mondeo and the 2003 and 2008 Honda Accord.

As for commercial vehicles, only the 2008 Isuzu D-Max earned the safe pick tag.

RACQ technical and safety policy chief Steve Spalding said there was significant variation in the levels of safety within each vehicle category.

"Some models, including fairly new cars, had great protection for the driver, but had a high risk of injury to other road users in a crash," Mr Spalding said.

"If you care about the safety of yourself and others choose one of the 'safe pick' models. It means they have excellent protection for not just the driver but will actually cause less injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists."

Mr Spalding said new model cars generally had better safety ratings than older vehicles.


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