Thursday, September 28, 2023

5 most unsafe cars on Kenyan roads

By Benson Bundi

Regarding road safety, we often take the right precautions and hope for the best. But not all vehicles present on Kenyan roads are as safe as they should be.

Some cars have raised a few eyebrows due to their questionable safety levels, whether because of faulty build or other design quirks.

People use these services without considering what dangers might lurk beneath their hoods. Unfortunately, in such situations, ignorance can put you at a disadvantage – especially when it comes to ensuring your safety and that of your passengers.

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With that in mind, we decided to look at five unsafe cars still plying Kenyan roads today so you (the commuter) know what unsafe rides you might find someone else driving around town.

1.   Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage checks all boxes if you’re looking for an eye-catching style. With its variety of bright colours and low price tag, it’s no wonder Kenyan drivers are drawn to this sleek ride. What buyers don’t always consider, however, are the hidden dangers of driving this car.

If a Mirage were to get into an accident, it would be one of the unsafest cars on Kenyan roads. It has a weak and small overlap front on the driver’s side; this means much more severe consequences in case of a collision than might otherwise be expected.

It’s wise to take note of these facts before buying your own Mirage – attractive aesthetic designs can quickly become deadly realities if you choose unsafe vehicles.

2.   Nissan Lafesta

The Nissan Lafesta is another vehicle that does, on the surface, look attractive and alluring. Its low cost, roomy interior, and powerful engine make it an excellent fit for many families.

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Despite its positive features, the Lafesta is considered one of the unsafest cars on Kenyan roads. The vehicle has known problems with rollover, and its frame is less strong or durable than other models.

It also has a weak and small overlap front on the driver’s side, which translates to precious little protection in case of an accident.

3.   Mazda CX9

The Mazda CX9 is a popular vehicle in Kenya, and drivers often find it highly attractive. Its sporty design helps to create a great driving experience, and the large interior ensures plenty of space for passengers.

While it may seem like a good idea to purchase this car, the CX9 is one of the unsafest cars on Kenyan roads. This car has a weak frontal frame, which can easily be damaged if a crash occurs. However, the sides and back are sturdy and solid. Depending on where the collision occurs, you may have some luck in terms of protection.

4.   Toyota Starlet

The Toyota Starlet conjures memories of the old golden automotive days when it was a top-selling model in Kenya. Its re-emergence in recent times, however, could have been more convincing.

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The Toyota Starlet has become controversial when discussing road safety, as it has been awarded a Global NCAP rating of zero stars. The Starlet’s side protection was deemed insufficient to warrant a better score – making it clear that drivers who opt for this vehicle do so at their peril.

Additional characteristics of the Starlet further show us why such a low score has been assigned; its head protection mechanisms on the A, B, and C pillars were dismal, leaving occupants vulnerable and exposed in case of an accident.

5.   Audi A4 (2012-2016)

Finally, we come to the Audi A4 from 2012-2016. This is a luxurious car that many Kenyan drivers swear by. But despite its posh reputation, the A4 is still considered one of the unsafest cars on Kenyan roads.

Again the front overlap on the driver’s side is weak, and this causes severe damage in case of an accident.

The five cars mentioned above are the worst offenders regarding road safety in Kenya. If you own one of these vehicles, take extra precautions when driving and always be aware of your surroundings. Be safe out there.

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  1. Whoever wrote this disinformation needs to do some proper research.
    Mitsubishi Mirage 4 star NCAP rating.
    Nissan Lafetsta 3 star NCAP rating.
    Maxda CX9 5 star NCAP rating.
    Toyota Starlet 3 star NCAP rating.
    Audi A4 5 star NCAP rating.
    No idea what is meant by “overlap” and perhaps the author should learn about “crumple zones”. Cars are designed to have, what the author sems to consider a weakness, in order for the body to deform and thereby absorb as much of the energy as possible. It’s not cars that are dangerous, it’s the sheer stupidity if the average Kenyan driver.

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