Proton owns up over Asean NCAP child seat safety issue

By BERNAMA | 20 October 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Perodua is off the hook. It turns out Proton was the car maker Asean NCAP was upset with.

Proton on Monday admitted that the latest Saga it had submitted for testing in 2013 was fitted with the top ISOFIX point but the units sold to the public did not have it because "the top tether was not a regulatory requirement for the original equipment manufacturers to fit in their cars" at the time.

Proton hastened to add that it is now offering  current Saga owners a free installation of the top tether.

The Asean NCAP revelation that started it all
The Saga test result from Asean NCAP (pdf)

It also said in a statement that the "top tether" and more than 10 other safety enhancement components were fitted for Asean NCAP testing in 2013.

"These upgrades and reinforcements had effectively entitled the car to obtain a three-star rating when it was tested in 2013."

While insisting it had complied with safety regulations, Proton said it had "overlooked in updating Asean NCAP on the omission of the top tether from the current Saga models".

Proton's Iriz and Preve have also been assessed by Asean NCAP.

For Saga owners who want to have the free fix, call Proton hotline 1 800 888398 or email to schedule an appointment at a service outlet.