Fiat Panda, Jeep Wrangler off the pace in latest safety-crash ratings

New Jeep Wrangler Euro NCAP

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

Child occupant protection has nearly halved, from 31 per cent to 16, while pedestrian protection has not changed much, going from 49 per cent to 47.

"Despite the work done by manufacturers during the development of their vehicles, Euro NCAP still sees a lack of robustness in some basic areas of safety".

While the 0 Star Car is still a sad reality in India as we have seen recently with the Renault Lodgy, Europe more often than not has cars that scores a higher 4 or 5 star safety rating across the board.

It failed to achieve more than 50 per cent in any of the four key tests that the safety organisation puts a auto through. Another part of the report talked about how the deformation of the footwell showed the limit of the structure's integrity. But overall they have been rated sturdy due to the structure stability and other factors in adult and child occupant protection. An FCA spokesperson also told The Drive that the "JL got a flawless score on one of the side-impact tests - how many vehicles with removable doors can claim that?"

A Fiat spokesperson said: "we take the safety of our customers and other road users extremely seriously".

"The Jeep Wrangler arrives in Australia with a long list of standard and available safety equipment, including front and side airbags, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, parking sensors, a rear-view camera and autonomous emergency braking, all of which is paired with the use of high-strength steel in its construction created to protect the cabin in the case of an accident", says the company.

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An FCA source has confirmed that the 2019-specification JL Wrangler will be sold locally with AEB when it hits showroom floors in March next year.

These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America.

ANCAP, meanwhile, told WhichCar that it's too early to determine what score the Wrangler will be attributed under the local scheme.

Fiat Chrysler Automotive came in for further stinging criticism with its American subsidiary, Jeep.

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"I'd encourage FCA to use the opportunity to improve the safety result in time for its Australasian launch", said Mr Goodwin.

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