The latest version of Chrysler’s large MPV, the Voyager, has today been heavily criticised in Euro NCAP crash tests. It’s the least safe large MPV tested since 2003, and only marginally betters the score for an earlier version of the Voyager, tested in 1999.
For a family-oriented car, its two-star rating (with one star struck through to indicate a ‘high risk of serious or fatal injury’) is simply unacceptable. This is because in the frontal crash test, despite having an airbag, the driver’s chest hit the steering wheel with a force likely to cause serious or fatal injuries.
As the Voyager’s specification is lower in the UK compared with left-hand-drive models in Europe (notably, it does not have knee-protecting airbags), Euro NCAP has called on Chrysler to show greater commitment to safety.
Euro NCAP Chairman, Claes Tingvall, said: ‘I find it shocking that, in seven years, this manufacturer has not been able to improve the safety of this MPV — a car that is clearly targeting families. Still worse is that Chrysler continues to sell this version in the UK while a better-equipped and better-performing version is available in left-hand drive across the rest of Europe.’
For full results of all cars tested in January 2007 and late December 2006, visit the car ‘Safety and security’ section.