Chile to include NCAP’s star rating results in vehicle safety label

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, welcomes the upcoming update of Decree 026 of the Chilean Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, that was recently submitted to the General Comptroller Office for its final decision. This update will include NCAP’s safety rating for new vehicle models sold in the country. Chile thus will become the first country in the region to include NCAP star ratings in their safety label.

Latin NCAP has shown that the assessment of vehicles and the publication of their results have generated voluntary improvements by manufacturers, in response to consumer demand.

The update of Decree will establish that all new vehicle models for sale must include NCAP’s star rating result in its safety label, as long as any of the units used for the evaluation has been purchased in Chile. Likewise, the Decree will establish that the label must indicate the presence or absence of a list of safety elements that has been updated, including items like ADAS. The label also contains a QR code which is directed to the website of the National Traffic Safety Commission (CONASET) which will include complete information on the NCAP safety tests. In case the model has not been rated by NCAP with units purchased in Chile, the label will show the legend "not available". NCAP’s star rating displayed on the safety label does not limit the possibility of vehicles to be available for sale. This update to Chilean regulation will also include relevant mandatory safety features for the near future.

Latin NCAP encourages and call for other governments of the region to follow Chile’s lead in order to have consumers independently informed about the safety levels offered by vehicles in the market.

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP said:

“This is a great step forward for Chile towards safer cars in the region following UN recommendations into this new Decade of Action for Road Safety towards 2030. As Chile is a Latin American country, it is understood that Latin NCAP’s evaluation should have been explicitly required together with the assessment of at least the best-selling models, this is a space to improve the regulation. Latin NCAP has demonstrated many times the effectiveness of assessing local models that when they perform below expectations, the majority of the manufacturers voluntarily react improving the safety performance of their models. Independently and impartially informed consumers brings a positive change to the market in the short and midterm. Latin NCAP supports and is committed in all of the extent with this step of Chile as well as with any other country that choose the same path in the region”.

David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation and Global NCAP, said:

“This is an important moment for vehicle safety in Chile and throughout Latin America. Global NCAP warmly congratulates the Chilean government and Latin NCAP, for the upcoming introduction of the new safety labelling programme which will empower consumers, helping them make informed purchasing choices based on comparative safety performance. Global NCAP strongly supports Latin NCAPs call on other Latin American countries to follow the lead of Chile to introduce similar safety labelling systems as a mandatory regulatory requirement”.

Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of the FIA Foundation, said:

“This will be an important step forward for Chile, arming consumers with the data to make informed choices about their vehicle purchases. Manufacturers can no longer get away with building vehicles which lack even the most basic of safety measures and they will feel the financial repercussions for placing profit over people. This has been a long, challenging process and I commend the work of Latin NCAP and the Chilean government for leading the way for the region.”