Aside from releasing the latest crash test results yesterday, ASEAN NCAP has also introduced a new labelling guideline for carmakers. The move is meant to reduce consumer confusion regarding the safety information provided by these companies.

It is claimed that certain manufacturers have altered the designs of the rating plate designs provided by ASEAN NCAP, as well as publicising ratings from other New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAP) such as Euro NCAP and ANCAP, which the agency says may not reflect the safety specifications of vehicles offered in the ASEAN region.

The new labels incorporate the detailed safety features of the model and variant listed, as well as its ASEAN NCAP rating and those of other NCAP bodies. It is proposed that they will be pasted on the windscreen of model variants displayed in showrooms.

The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) has been consulted on the usage of the label in Malaysia, although ASEAN NCAP says the labels can be used in other countries in the region as well.