Euro NCAP has crash tested the Fiat Punto. The family car which is known for its built quality, has surprisingly failed to pass the crash test. Not only it failed, it failed miserably. Euro NCAP has given 0 star safety rating to Fiat Punto.
On sale in India, the new Fiat Punto which was tested by Euro NCAP featured dual airbags. In spite of this, it performed poorly. On sale in India, the Punto is not the only car which has managed to score a 0 in a crash test rating. Global NCAP tests have shown that Maruti Swift, Tata Nano, Datsun Go, Mahindra Scorpio have also scored a 0 star safety rating. Below is the crash test video and the report from Euro NCAP.
Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said – “The fact that older cars cannot compete illustrates the pace at which the vehicle industry is innovating safety and the willingness and ability of competitive manufacturers to meet the highest standards. Those who do not keep their cars up to the latest standards get left behind, as these results clearly show.”
The current Punto is a 2005 model, which is still on sale in many countries across the globe. Continuing, van Ratingen said: “This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017.”
“Safety is of the utmost importance to the FCA group. When Punto was launched 12 years ago, it was the first 5* EURO NCAP car in its class. The importance of safety to the FCA group is demonstrated by the number of new models achieving 5*, for example Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Jeep Compass.”
Crash Test Report
For Adult Occupants
The passenger compartment of the Punto remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger but structures in the dashboard were thought to present a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions.
Protection of the passenger’s chest was rated as marginal, based on dummy readings of compression. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the chest of the rear passenger was weak, and that of the neck was marginal. Protection of the driver was good or adequate for all critical body regions.
In the side barrier test, chest protection was rated as marginal, based on rib compressions. A side pole test was not performed as the Punto does not have a standard-fit head protecting airbag. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated poor whiplash protection in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated marginal whiplash protection.