Nissan improves Navara safetyPick-up given higher crash test score

17 March 2008

Nissan Navara

Airbag fired late in Navara's crash test

A Nissan truck has been given an improved safety rating after initial crash tests highlighted serious safety concerns.

Last month it was revealed the Navara pick-up had scored just one star for how it protects adults inside it.

European crash test organisation Euro NCAP said the one-star score - with the star struck through to indicate a high risk of potentially fatal injury - was the result of a late-firing airbag.

The results prompted Nissan to modify the airbag software on all new Navaras to ensure better protection for occupants.

Airbag software

It also announced a service campaign to upgrade the airbag software of all Navaras produced since 2005.

Euro NCAP says Nissan has now effectively addressed the airbag problem and removed the high risk of life-threatening injuries seen in the earlier test.

The crash test organisation has awarded the upgraded Navara three stars for adult occupant protection.

Crash protection

The secretary general of Euro NCAP, Dr Michiel van Ratingen, said: ‘Nissan has acted responsibly and promptly in response to our findings.

‘Euro NCAP hopes that by releasing this new result, it will speed up the service campaign and ensure that all Navaras are upgraded to the higher safety specification.’

Which? Car Editor Richard Headland said: 'It's good news that this software upgrade can improve crash protection and we hope Nissan manages to contact all affected Navara owners so they can benefit from it.

'However, three stars in this Euro NCAP test - when most new cars score five or four - is still not what we'd expect for such a large, heavy vehicle.'