BYD Atto 3 electric cars built from November 21, 2022 will be awarded a five-star safety rating in Australia, while vehicles already delivered will require modification to earn the same score.
That BYD Atto 3 Electric car from China has received a five-star safety rating in Australia, more than a month after being hit with a delivery freeze for two compliance violations.
In a media statement released today, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) said that all examples of the BYD Atto 3 built from November 21, 2022 will be awarded the five-star safety rating.
According to ANCAP, the BYD Atto 3 recorded results of 91 percent in protecting adult occupants, 84 percent in protecting children, 69 percent in protecting vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists), and 80 percent in safety assist technology.
The announcement comes more than five weeks after the BYD Atto 3 missed the five-star safety rating in Australia despite receiving top marks in Europe and New Zealand.
Local crash test authorities withheld the five-star rating pending federal review.
When Drive asked BYD for comment on the withheld safety assessment, attorneys representing the local retailer tried to prevent Drive from releasing the story, saying a media statement would be issued within 24 hours.
On October 13th journey exclusively reports that the BYD Atto 3 has violated Australian motor vehicle compliance regulations regarding the rear center seat position child seat anchor point.
The local BYD dealer claimed the electric car had been registered in Australia as a five-seat passenger car, but the Atto 3 lacked the top tether child restraint anchorage point in the middle position of the rear seat – a legal requirement for all five-seat cars.
While the two ISOFIX child seat latches (with corresponding top tether brackets) were accessible in each outboard rear seating position, anchorage for the center seat was hampered by carpeting – causing the Atto 3 to fail to meet local regulations.
Regulators also found that the Atto 3 was fitted with two ISOFIX locks on the front passenger seat, despite child restraint systems being illegal on the front seats of a passenger car in Australia.
A delivery stop notice was issued on October 21 following the compliance breach as Australian dealers of the BYD Atto 3 worked with federal authorities to get the electric car compliant for local roads.
After lengthy delays, deliveries of the Atto 3 resumed in Australia last week, with BYD’s local dealer announcing that all examples of the electric car sold from November 14 would comply with Australian regulations.
BYD’s Australian distributor says it modified the locally-supplied Atto 3s to ensure their rear center seats have an accessible rear anchorage point for child seats, while the two ISOFIX latches in the passenger seat have been “disengaged”.
According to ANCAP, specimens of the BYD Atto 3 built before November 21, 2022 are eligible for the safety assessment once modified.
In this week, journey exclusively reports that BYD has become Australia’s second best-selling electric car maker within the first two months of sales.
In September and October 2022, 889 examples of the BYD Atto 3 were registered in Australia – surpassing sales of certain electric models such as the MG ZS EV, Polestar 2 and Hyundai Kona Electric.
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