Pick-ups Raise Safety Concerns

Euro NCAP Euro NCAP have started to test Pickups for the first time, adding a new category to their strict crash test target , as these vehicles are now being used not only for commercial purposes but also as family and recreational cars. Why now? Because it has been discovered recently that demand for pick-ups has been rising. In 2007, registrations rose in Europe by 7.2% compared to 2006 and in the new Member States this increase was even greater, at 24.7%.

Normally , that should not be a concern for public safety, but the latest obvious trend for manufacturers is to raise the level of options and trims for such vehicles in order to appeal to client who normally would not buy such a car.

The first three models tested in this category , the Nissan Navara , Mitsubishi L200 and Isuzu Rodeo , proved that manufacturers do not pay too much attention on the safety of the vehicles. Two of the cars tested, the Navara and the Rodeo obtained poor scores in Euro NCAP’s adult occupant rating, confirming Euro NCAP's belief that car manufacturers should expand testing across the whole range of vehicles before they reach the market.

The Mitsubishi L200 received a general 4 star rating, in adult occupant protection, while the Isuzu was awarded 2 stars and the Navara one. All three vehicles tested in this category recieved disappointing child and pedestrian protection scores.

Euro NCAP also tested in other categories the Suzuki Splash(4 stars), Daihatsu Terios(4 stars), Renault Kangoo(4 stars), Citroën C5 ( 5 stars) and the BMW X3 ( 4 stars).
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