05
August
2016

Are Double Cab Bakkies Safe in an Accident?

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Are Double Cab Bakkies Safe in an Accident?

Size is always a natural determining factor when safety is concerned. Elephants are less likely to be trampled than sheep, and lions are more feared than wolves. However, does the size of your vehicle determine your safety in an accident?

The question as to whether double cab bakkies can actually be as safe as cars has been on the lips of consumers for a long time. For years double cab bakkies have been deemed as excellent workhorses but fail horribly as a safe alternative to transporting families.

Why were bakkies deemed unsafe?

It’s due to how bakkies were allowed to be designed. Many will find this surprising but bakkies never had to adhere to the safety standards and regulations set for cars. That was until the turn of the millennium.

In 1999, US federal regulations required that all light trucks including 4x2 double cab models meet the exact same standard safety requirements set by normal passenger cars. This includes that bakkies meet the side-impact structural ratings and have dual front airbags fitted.

What made them unsafe?

Apart from the lack of safety features, double cab bakkies shared a similar problem to that of SUVs. Due to their sheer size, pedestrians had a less likely chance of survival upon impact. A bakkies’s chassis were also stiffer than that of most other vehicles, and were less likely to reduce the overall impact.

So have bakkies become safe?

According to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the safety rates of bakkies increased across the board.

Although double cab bakkies aren’t completely on par with some of their passenger car counterparts, there’s surely been significant strides made in the safety development of the beloved transporter.

This is no different when it comes to the GWM Steed 5 2.2 Mpi 4x2 Safety model. Not only does it come standard with dual front airbags, it also features height adjustable inertia reel seatbelts, ABS and EBD.

Excellent value for money considering this capable model starts at a retail price of R204 900 (incl. VAT). And having the support of GWM’s comprehensive 5-years/100 000 km warranty and 2-years/24-hour roadside assistance, owners can drive safe in the knowledge that they are well looked after.



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