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A-Katsastus Oy publishes 2014 rejection statistics in Finland

The number of defects found in inspections remains high


For the seventh time, A-Katsastus is publishing make- and model-specific rejection statistics for passenger cars in Finland. The number of defects found in vehicle inspections has increased significantly over the last six years. In the long-term, a strong positive development can be observed in chassis and body defects (rust damage), the numbers of which have continued to decrease.

In 2014, A-Katsastus inspected approximately 820,000 passenger cars. The make- and model-specific statistics include the cars that were taken into use in 1998–2009 or 2011, and all models with at least 100 inspected cars. The statistics also include the cars’ average odometer reading. Last year, the rejection rate for inspected passenger cars was 24.1%. The most significant changes from the previous year are related to tyres and parking brakes for which the number of serious defects detected increased. On the other hand, the share of defects related to steering gear and the chassis decreased from the previous year.

A-Katsastus has been publishing these statistics since 2009 and the the number of defects detected has increased during this time. A total of 108 defects of different types were found for every 100 inspections in 2009. Last year the corresponding figure was 111 defects. Contributing factors to this development are the ageing car stock and the climate conditions in Finland which are more variable than elsewhere in Europe. Regular vehicle inspections and thorough vehicle maintenance play an important role in traffic safety especially in Finland. What is positive is that the current system has ensured that technical defects are rarely the cause of accidents.

According to Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director of A-Katsastus, the reliability of cars has developed immensely in the last years, but regardless of this, problems related to parts susceptible to mechanical wear in particular are evident in many makes as early as in the first inspection in Finland.

"The climate conditions present quite a challenge to cars. Finnish weather is especially hard on the mechanical parts of the brakes as well as joints in the front axle assembly and steering gear. Rejections of rather new cars in inspection are primarily connected to these defects," says Pellikka. Naturally, the number of defects detected in inspection increase as the age of the car, kilometres driven and the wear increase. "Approximately 20 defects per 100 cars inspected are detected in the inspection of three-year-old cars. The corresponding figure for 16-year-old cars is as much as 180 defects per 100 inspections," says Pellikka.

The full 2014 rejection statistics for passenger cars are available on the A-Katsastus website (in Finnish): www.a-katsastus.fi/vikatilasto

For further information, please contact:

Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director, A-Katsastus Group, tel. +358 (0)45 632 2022