Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Fiat Panda scores a shocking 0 star safety rating in crash test

New Jeep Wrangler Euro NCAP Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time
Priscilla Morrison | 08 December, 2018, 02:08

While it's still too early to determine if the Euro NCAP score will translate directly to Australian-specification cars, ANCAP does take crash data directly from its European counterparts, which negates the need to crash-test cars locally. It had the dubious honour of being the only auto in the safety organisation's history to end up with such a result.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler offers marginal protection to the driver and passengers during crash tests.

The Fiat Panda light hatchback, which is not sold in Australia, dates from 2011 when it received four stars from Euro NCAP under the rules at that time.

The rest of the field was made up of the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo S60 and V60, all of which were five-star rated. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", said Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen. In Europe, the Wrangler's safety systems are limited to a seatbelt reminder and a driver-operated speed limiter warning system.

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Even the models scoring five stars were not ideal as for instance the Hyundai Santa Fe had an issue with side curtain airbags and could not be torn while the BMW X5 failed to deploy knee airbag correctly. A point on the report about the Wrangler talked about how the connection between the A-pillar and the trans-facia beam was damaged to a point where it indicated that the structure wouldn't be able to endure higher loads.

"Despite the work done by manufacturers during the development of their vehicles, Euro NCAP still sees a lack of robustness in some basic areas of safety". Similarly, deformation of the Wrangler's footwell showed that the structure had "reached the limit of its integrity".

As for safety assist, it managed to only score one point, or 7% of the total, its only feature to score points being a seatbelt reminder.

Frontal offset crash tests showed poor protection for both head and neck. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety. Fiat Panda also performed badly in whiplash protection for rear seat passengers and also where chest protection for front seat occupants is concerned. While the Panda's compartment remained stable for the frontal offset test, the readings on the test dummy showcased weak chest compression.

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