Fiat Panda Scores Second Ever ZERO Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test – And Around 1,500 Brits Could Already Be At Risk

THE new Fiat Panda has become just the second car in Euro NCAP history to score zero stars in their crash test.

The 2018 version of the supermini was judged to be one of the worst performing cars ever tested by the safety organisation - and possibly the most dangerous new car currently on sale.

 Fiat's new Panda model has been given the second ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating>Euro NCAP>3
Fiat's new Panda model has been given the second ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating

Failing to score more than 50 per cent in any of the four crucial testing categories, the new model was not deemed safe enough for even one star.

But most alarming was the Panda's Child Occupant rating, which scored just 16 per cent for its ability to protect children in the rear seats - compared to an average 79 per cent score across all cars tested.

Official comments from Euro NCAP found protection of rear passengers was poor, leading to increased risk of injury to the body, shoulder and neck.

It also noted that the Panda was not equipped with any autonomous emergency braking system.

 The Panda received one of the lowest ever Child Occupant ratings>Euro NCAP>3
The Panda received one of the lowest ever Child Occupant ratings

Worryingly, Government figures reveal a number of new Fiat Panda models have hit the road already in 2018.

Showing the number of first time UK registrations in the first half of this year, the data revealed almost 1,500 Brits could be driving around in the zero-star models.

The only other vehicle to receive a zero-star rating is the 2017 Fiat Punto, which achieved higher scores than the Panda across three of the four categories, but was given zero per cent for Safety Assist features.

Another poor performer in the latest safety tests was the all-new Jeep Wrangler.

Also owned by the Fiat Chyrylser Corporation, the Wrangler scored just one star - but did receive a much higher Child Occupant rating of 69 per cent.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research, commented on the Panda's low score: “Most troubling is that the Fiat Panda is seen as a good choice for young drivers and fledgling families.

"But the only safety technology fitted were seat belt reminders and the rear system failed to meet requirements, so wasn’t even rated.

"Where budgets are tight consider a safer small car second-hand, like the five-star SEAT Ibiza.

 There are already close to 1,500 new Pandas on the road in the UK>Euro NCAP>3
There are already close to 1,500 new Pandas on the road in the UK

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“Carmakers across all categories have responded positively to the more exacting tests brought in by Euro NCAP this year, especially those that assess crash avoidance technology.

"As the bare minimum, a standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking system should be available with the Fiat Panda. This is especially important since the car offers so little protection in the event of a collision.

“These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety, as Fiat has produced four and five-star cars in the past.”

A Fiat spokesperson said: "We take the safety of our customers and other road users extremely seriously.

"The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold."

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Fiat Panda scores second ever ZERO stars in Euro NCAP crash test – and around 1,500 Brits could already be at risk