Renault Supports World Health Day 2004, Dedicated To Road Safety

World Health Day 2004 is Wednesday 7 April and the chosen theme this year is road safety. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General comments "Despite enormous improvements in road safety in some countries over the past few decades, nearly 1.2 million people are killed every year in road traffic crashes around the world. About 90% happen in developing countries, most of them among pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and passengers of public transport."

The co-ordinated efforts of Governments, car manufacturers and road safety organisations in developed countries, has contributed to a falling death rate in these countries. In the UK, 3,431 were killed in road accidents in 2002 and 35,976 seriously injured so there is always room for improvement.

Renault is at the forefront of this effort and extends that today with the announcement of a new Road Safety Policy Department.

Philippe Talou-Derible, Managing Director of Renault UK comments, "Although it is becoming well known through the EuroNCAP crash test programme that Renault design the safest cars on the roads today, we do not see that as our only contribution to road safety. In the UK and elsewhere, we are in our fourth year of providing a Safety Matters road safety education programme to over half the country’s Primary schools, in conjunction with the local education authorities and road safety officers. That means 15,000 schools a year use Renault’s teaching pack."

Renault creates new Road Safety Policy Department

To co-ordinate these initiatives and coinciding with World Health Day, Renault has created a new Road Safety Policy Department to cover the entire Group activities.

Effective 5 April 2004, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Coz is appointed Director, Road Safety Policy. His main responsibility will be to define the Group’s road safety policy and to co-ordinate its application.

Renault invests around £70 million a year in safety Research and Development with 600 engineers and technicians working under the guiding principal of "safety for all". The result is that out of the 11 cars so far to get the maximum five star score in the EuroNCAP crash tests, five of them are Renaults, and not just the large, expensive cars.

Renault models top five different sectors

EuroNCAP started testing cars in 1997 and has tested 174 cars since then, some of which are no longer in production. However from those that are current models, as the attached table shows, five Renault models are the safest in their class with all five scoring the maximum five star EuroNCAP crash test score.

Mégane is the only car in its class to score five stars and has just been joined by the class-topping Scenic alongside the Laguna, Vel Satis and Espace – which was the safest car ever tested by EuroNCAP with a score of 35.11 points and therefore five stars. And, not to be forgotten, Clio and Kangoo both score four stars in the small car class where there are no five star cars yet.

Published : 07/04/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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