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A-Katsastus Oy publishes rejection statistics for 2015

Number of defects found in inspections continues to increase


For the eighth time, A-Katsastus is publishing rejection statistics for passenger cars by make and model. Compared to the previous year, the number of defects found in inspections increased in 2015. The number of chassis and body defects (rust damage) has declined in the long term, which is good progress.

A-Katsastus inspected approximately 760,000 passenger cars in 2015. The statistics by make and model include the cars introduced in 2001–2010 or 2012, with at least 100 cars of the same model inspected. The statistics also include average odometer reading.

Last year, the rejection rate for inspected passenger cars was 24.1%. Major changes from the previous year concerned tyres and parking brakes, where detections identified a higher number of serious defects. The share of shock absorber defects decreased from the previous year.

A-Katsastus has been publishing these statistics since 2009 and 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 113 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 cause only rare accidents.

According to Hannu Pellikka, technical director of A-Katsastus, cars have become more reliable for a long time already, but regardless of this, issues are identified in many makes as early as in the first inspection in Finland.  The very extensive differences between rejections of different makes right from the first inspection are also worth noting.

“The Finnish climate is difficult for cars. It is particularly hard on mechanical brake parts and 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. For seven-year-old cars the number of defects found in the inspection have multiplied in comparison to three-year-old cars”, says Pellikka.

The full 2015 rejection statistics for passenger cars are available on the A-Katsastus website. You can filter the statistics by year of introduction, or by make or model. Visit www.a-katsastus.fi/vikatilasto.

For further information, please contact:

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