The drivers or the car? The Landcruiser Prado safety discussed

Kenyans have taken up to a debate on the possibility that some cars could also contribute to the cause of accidents. This debate comes after  the chairman of Sarova Hotels, Mr Saveer Vohra, his wife, daughter and daughter-in-law died in a grisly a road crash on Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Makueni.

Mr Muthui said Mr Saveer Vohra, who was driving the vehicle when the crash occurred was first taken to Sultan Hamud County Hospital before he was flown to a hospital in Nairobi for specialized treatment.But still he did not survive due to the intensity of the accident.

The Toyota Landcruiser that the family members were traveling in towards Nairobi, veered off the road and landed in a ditch, according to Mr Muthui.

This is not the first time we hear of reports of a car veering off the road after being said to have lost control.

On a tweet by motorist association, a concern was raised that the Land Cruiser needs to be investigated with the claims that it is too fast and rolls fast.

According to this tweet, the vehicle of the Sarova hotels MD  overturned all by itself  and this raises suspicion.

They are produced by the Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corporation. The car is marketed in many other parts of the developing world, such as the Caribbean and large parts of Africa.

The safety features of this particular  car include…

Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) and a driver knee airbag are standard. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats.

Last year A middle aged man died on the spot following an accident that happened in the wee hours of the morning when his car, Land Cruiser Prado, hit a Mercedes Benz Trailer at Ngokomi area along Mombasa-Highway. According to Mukaa OCPD Charles Muthui, the accident occurred when the driver of the Prado tried to enter the busy highway from a feeder road without observing if it was clear hence hitting the passing trailer.

A Prado is a good car, centre of gravity notwithstanding. Yes, it will tip over easily, but this just means you have to be more careful when driving it. Circumstances that would lead to a roll-over accident are almost always preceded by foolish acts such as taking corners at inappropriate speeds, so there isn’t a legitimate complaint here.

The ratings: Performance is about as much as you need. If anything, it is a little bit more than you need. Prados can be scary fast for such a tall car in almost all its engine variants, except for the 2.7 litre petrol, which does struggle a bit (On a story captured by the nation  3 years ago)

Here are Kenyan reaction following the yesterday’s Vohra accident in response to the concern raised by the Motorists Association

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