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Fiat Idea

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
****
26
Front: 9.4
Side: 13
Seatbelt reminder: 1
Pole: 2
CHILD OCCUPANT
**
23
PEDESTRIAN
*
8


 
Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Marginal, Lower leg left: Good, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Adequate, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Weak, Abdomen: Adequate, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax-Römer Duo Plus Universal, forward facing
3 year old ChildBritax-Römer Duo Plus Universal, forward facing
Pedestrian protection

Pedestrian protection

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
ISOfix front
ISOfix rear
Car details
Tested modelFiat Idea 1.4 Dynamic, LHD
Body type5 door MPV
Year of publication2006
Kerb weight1155kg
VIN from which rating appliesZFA350000*00130100

Comments
Front impact
The driver dummy's chest contacted the steering wheel in the frontal test. Structures in the dashboard presented a potential hazard to the knees and femurs of the driver and the passenger.

Side impact
The Idea was tested without the thorax-protection airbag which is available only as an option in most countries. Forces transferred in an unrealistic manner up the test dummy’s spine, reducing the forces recorded by the instrumentation in its chest. The car was penalised for this and the protection offered to the chest was rated as 'weak'.

Child occupant
The front passenger's airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information given to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is inadequte. The label warning against using a rearward-facing in the front passenger's seat did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements. Three-point ISOFIX anchorages are available only as an option in the rear outboard seats so the child restraints were mounted using the adult seatbelts. Forward movement of the heads of both child dummies was excessive.

Pedestrian
No points were awarded to the bumper or to the leading edge of the bonnet for the protection they offered to pedestrians.

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