The disastrous safety rating is blamed on the poor side impact protection, the agency claims, as well as on other things. Low whiplash score and the lack of standard side head airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) are other reasons behind the Baleno’s rating.
“Baleno’s zero-star is part of an ongoing disappointment, after the Swift’s zero-star rating some weeks ago. With specially poor safety performance in adult and child occupant protection on offer from Suzuki as standard to Latin American consumers,” commented Latin NCAP’s Secretary General, Alejandro Furas.
Unlike the variant sold in Malaysia, for instance, the Yaris offered in Latin America does not get standard side body and head airbags. Moreover, a door opened during the side impact test, which means that Toyota should take immediate action and fix it, as “it poses a serious risk of ejection in the case of side impacts,” Latin NCAP notes, adding that the result is valid for both the hatchback and sedan body styles.
“Even more surprising and disappointing is Toyota’s first-ever one-star model, the Yaris. It is concerning that a decision made by Toyota Mexico is the main reason for this result, but moreover the responsible of the decision of not offering now as standard key safety equipment,” said Furas. “As a result of the decision, key safety equipment such as side body and side curtain airbags are not available for all Latin Americans.”