Wednesday 30th April 2008
Be Wiser Insurance

Motorists driving smaller vehicles on UK roads may be at more risk than those in larger cars, it has been claimed.

Research from Thatcham shows that city cars offer less protection to drivers should they be involved in a collision.

Furthermore, the study from the group found that some 25 per cent of smaller automobiles have insufficiently designed seats.

Matthew Avery, research manager for the firm, commented that good seat design is not something that should be limited only to larger or high-value vehicles.

However, it may be that those in smaller cars have a higher risk of claiming on their car insurance policies as a result.

He added: "This latest set of results will hopefully act as a catalyst for vehicle manufacturers to look at improving seat and head restraints design within this important and growing sector."

This comes after Thatcham was given the prize for Best Safety Initiative at the Fleet News Awards for its Body Repair Kitemark system at a ceremony held in March.

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