In the latest car test conducted by EURO NCAP, popular third-generation Fiat Punto scored a zero- stars the first time in the history of Euro NCAP and not able to pass the test successfully this time.
The Fiat Punto scored 51 percent in respect of adequately safe for adult occupants. In the full- width rigid barrier test - Protection of the passenger's chest has been rated by NCAP as marginal, protection of the chest of the rear passenger was rated weak and of the neck area was rated marginally. In the side barrier test, the chest protection being rated marginally based on rib compressions whereas the driver was rated adequately protected. In addition, whiplash protection for the front seats of the car is being rated poorly whereas the rear seat was rated marginally in terms of protection.
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According to Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, “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.”
43 percent has been rated by NCAP in terms of Child occupant safety. The car was rated poorly in respect of protection to rear seat child occupants in the front offset test. Protection of the neck and chest was rated marginally. Chest Protection was rated poorly whereas head protection was rated weak.
52 percent scored by NCPA in pedestrian protection, The pedestrian protection provided by the bonnet to the head was rated poorly. The front bumper of the of the car offered good protection to the pedestrian’s pelvis and legs was rated good or adequate.
The tested model was Fiat Punto, European spec, 5-door, version and have a 1.2-litre engine. The car is equipped with several safety features such as driver bags, passenger bags, seat belt pretensioner, seat belt reminder for the driver, load limiter. It also has ISOFIX child safety seat mounting points in the rear.
The popular hatchback, Fiat Punto was launched earlier in 2005. It has been on the market from last 12 years and not updated till now. The car does not have safety features such as the active bonnet, auto emergency brakes, and lane assist. It is one of the major reasons that the car gets low scores.