COVID-19 Update for ASEAN NCAP Crash Test Assessment

Kajang, Malaysia, 21 May 2020 – The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) is taking precautionary measures to break the spread of the virus and minimising effects on the community.

In order to overcome the situation pertaining to COVID-19 outbreak, there is highly likely ASEAN NCAP Inspectors are prohibited from travelling to conduct crash test assessment.

ASEAN NCAP is aware there are currently a number of crash tests that have been scheduled for assessment. Due to this predicament, we have decided on the following solutions.

1. New vehicles with kerb weight of 1400 kg and below, it is advisable for the test to be conducted at MIROS Provisional CRASE Crash Centre (PC3) laboratory in Malaysia. Tests that are conducted at MIROS PC3 will be attended and witnessed by ASEAN NCAP Inspectors.

2. For new vehicles with kerb weight of 1400 kg and above, the test may be performed at other facilities that serve as official laboratory for ASEAN NCAP, without the presence of ASEAN NCAP Inspectors to witness the test. The facilities are as stipulated in the Guideline for Crash Laboratory Selection.

3. With no Inspector presence for test conducted at facilities other than MIROS PC3, vehicle manufacturers, crash laboratory representatives and ASEAN NCAP Inspectors may conduct a video conference to perform modifier assessment on the crash tested vehicle.

4. Although there are changes in the way we conduct the assessment, the same assessment fee still applies as per guideline.

5. For blind spot test, manufacturers are allowed to submit in-house data.

6. ASEAN NCAP will not delay the implementation of its 2021-2025 assessment protocol.

For any issues other than those listed above, vehicle manufacturers are welcome to discuss with the Secretary General of ASEAN NCAP.

We understand this revision will cause some inconveniences to certain parties but rest assured these are done for the safety of every one concerned. Together we can overcome these challenges and stop the spread of COVID-19.

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