2012 Fiat Panda Gets Four-Star Euro NCAP Rating [Video]
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the 2012 Panda, a brand new four-door compact from Fiat, is a sort of budget car, so it doesn’t really surprise us its got such a low score, but let’s see what went wrong. The first problem was that despite the passenger compartment remaining stable in the frontal test, the steering column and ignition barrel were thought to present a risk to drivers of different sizes and to those sat in different positions.
It side impact test with the barrier and pole, there were rib compression indications from the dummies, so protection was deemed marginal or weak.
As for child occupant protection, Euro NCAP says that “In the frontal impact, the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, did not move forward excessively. However, on rebound, the head of the dummy glanced against the rear window and the score was penalised. In the side impact, the 18 month dummy was properly contained but the head of the 3 year dummy was slightly outside the side wing of the restraint.”
The Panda wasn’t fitted with ESP as standard, and the system doesn't even meet Euro NCAP’s standards.
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