Update: BYD Australia issues safety bulletin for Atto 3 child restraints.
For EV Direct, Australian distributor BYD Atto 3advises owners not to install child restraints in the middle seat.
It follows its five-star ANCAP safety rating, which has sparked legal concerns for Australia after it was revealed the score only applied to the New Zealand variant.
The safety bulletin – sent out by email over the weekend – tells owners “not to use the rear center seat to attach any child seat”, including the middle seat in an electric small SUV. There is a shortage of top teachers.
A top-tether for the center seat has been a long-standing requirement in Australia for a five-seat passenger vehicle.
“BYD Australia is in the process of resolving this issue and will provide you with further updates shortly,” added EVDirect.
It then asks owners to click a button to “acknowledge that you have read and understand. [sic]”
Photos taken by local owners show that there may be an ADR-approved top teacher arrangement, however, it is mounted behind the seat fabric, potentially violating compliance rules.
Australian Design Rule 34/03 states: “Clearance shall be provided around each ‘upper anchor fitting’ to permit latching and unlatching. Without the use of toolsof ‘attaching clip’ with ‘upper anchor fitting’ when installed in a vehicle.”
For more information on BYD Atto 3 safety rating, read below.
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October 13: 2023 BYD Atto 3 EV gets five-star ANCAP rating – but only in New Zealand
Independent crash test authority ANCAP has awarded the Chinese BYD Atto 3 five stars – but not for Australian market cars.
ANCAP said the battery-electric Atto 3 small SUV performed well in each of the four key assessment areas, with the New Zealand variant achieving a five-star safety rating in both the standard range and extended range. .
Top marks were given for protection provided to the driver in the side impact and front side impact tests, while the front and rear seat occupancy measures also scored well, and in the side impact and frontal offset crash assessments for child occupants. Maximum points are scored.
The Atto 3’s active safety capability was also shown to be advanced, with standard fit pedestrian and cyclist detection autonomous emergency braking systems performing well in forward, reverse, daytime and nighttime test scenarios. .
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Horwig said, “This five-star ANCAP safety rating for the BYD Atto 3 will no doubt come as welcome news to New Zealand buyers looking for a safe and green choice for its value. Looking for.”
However, ANCAP said it is now working with BYD to classify Australian-supplied Eto3 vehicles for specific models locally.
In Australia, the BYD Atto 3 comes in two guises: a standard range with a 49.9kWh battery and a single motor capable of producing 150kW/310Nm and a claimed driving range of 345km, or an extended range with 420km and more. It offers strength. The torque is going to the front wheels but using the 60.4kWh battery.
The standard range Atto 3 is $44,381 before on-road costs, while the extended range is $47,381 + ORC.
In New Zealand, the same variants are on sale but for NZ$55,490 (AU$49,618) and NZ$59,990 (AU$53,642) respectively.