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NP300 Nissan Navara awarded five star safety rating by ANCAP

Child restraint improvements elevate Nissan's new Navara ute to a maximum safety rating.

The new NP300 Nissan Navara has now qualified for a five star ANCAP safety rating, following revisions to the Thai-built light commercial's child restraint mounts.

The five star rating covers all single cab, king cab and dual cab variants of the new Navara that hit Australian showrooms in June.

During crash tests performed back in May, the Navara performed well, scoring 35.01 out of a possible 37.

The NP300 Navara scored 14.01 out of 16 in the frontal offset test, 16 out of 16 in the side impact test, 2 out of 2 in the pole test and 3 out of 3 for seat belt reminders in achieving its score.

However, the tests uncovered a design problem with the webbing loop on the child restraint mounts behind the rear seat. The safety authority elected to withhold its final crash rating until Nissan resolved the issue, ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke said.

"Nissan developed an improved design of the webbing loop and ANCAP conducted a satisfactory follow-up crash test," Clarke said.

"ANCAP has been advised that all affected Navara models have been upgraded with the improved top tether routing."

While the upgraded tether mounts were enough to get the Navara into the top rating, the ute still doesn't match the Volkswagen Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado and upcoming Toyota HiLux which score the superior ISOFIX child seat mounts.