Crash testsCrash tests results for Fiat and Nissan

28 April 2006

Two new vehicles offer limited protection to pedestrians in a crash according to tests carried out by Euro NCAP, the crash-test organisation co-founded by Which?.

It has awarded the Nissan's large off-roader, the Pathfinder, two stars for pedestrian protection while Fiat's Idea MPV was awarded only one. Vehicles can score a maximum of four stars for pedestrian protection.

Commenting on the results, Which? Motoring Editor Richard Headland said: 'We're especially disappointed with the one-star pedestrian protection offered by the Fiat Idea, which is well below the best small MPVs.

'There's some encouragement in the Nissan Pathfinder result - for a large off-roader, its pedestrian protection is reasonable. There's still much room for improvement though, and we hope all car makers can build on this result to make new 4x4s safer for vulnerable road-users.'

Four-star crash safety

Both the Idea and the Pathfinder achieved a respectable four star score for adult occupant protection, with the Pathfinder narrowly missing out on a maximum five star rating.

Euro NCAP said that while the Fiat Idea has a head protecting curtain airbag, it was unusual in that it didn't have a normal side airbag fitted to protect the body in a side-on crash. It would also have achieved a higher rating for child protection if Isofix mounts for tethering child seats were also fitted as standard.

Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP chairman, said: 'Wherever possible consumers should insist their car is fitted with the most complete safety options available, even when manufacturers are not supplying these options as standard.

'Consumers should continue to remain vigilant in prioritising safety to encourage manufacturers to provide the optimum level of equipment available.'