It looks Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have their work cut out for them when it comes to vehicle safety.
Just yesterday, we reported about the all-new Jeep Wrangler only receiving a one star safety rating from Euro NCAP. While the 4x4 did marginally well in protecting its occupants, the Wrangler's lack of driver assist technologies and poor pedestrian safety performance ultimately pulled its safety rank down.
Now, another FCA vehicle, the Fiat Panda, has been put through the ringer only this time it performed worse as it received zero stars. Fiat's small city hatchback was last tested by Euro NCAP in 2011, the Panda has received no safety updates for the past seven years which resulted in its poor safety performance.
In the frontal offset crash test, dummy readings from the driver revealed weak chest protection. However, protection for the head and lower legs of the driver were good. Readings from the front passenger dummy, on the other hand, revealed better results in overall protection.
The same cannot be said, however over to the full frontal width impact test. In a real-word crash, the driver will suffer serious head and chest injuries. Meanwhile, rear dummy readings showed poor chest protection. Neck whiplash protection on the Fiat Panda was also not that great for both front and rear passengers.
Test results from child dummies also showed poor protection for six- and ten-year olds. Despite sitting in child seats, the dummies suffered from head and chest injuries in both side and full frontal crash tests. Pedestrain safety, on the other hand, was marginal, if a bit lacking on certain areas. Protection on the head of a struck pedestrian was adequate when struck by the Panda's hood. Pelvis and leg protection, however, were not that great.
But what ultimately pulled the Panda's safety ratings down is its lack of active safety assists. It does not come with automatic emerency braking, lane keeping / lane departure warning systems, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as such. In fact the only safety feature it has (apart from the airbags) are the seatbelt reminders for the front passengers.
With these results, the Fiat Panda may need a redesign or a complete overhaul for its next iteration if ever the company wants to market the vehicle as a safe family car.