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Fiat Panda

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
***
20
Front: 10
Side: 10
CHILD OCCUPANT
**
21
PEDESTRIAN
*
6


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

Child restraints
18 month old ChildKiddy Life, forward facing
3 year old ChildKiddy Life, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

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
Car details
Hand of driveLHD
Tested modelFiat Panda 1.2
Body typeSUPERMINI
Year of publication2004
Kerb weight850
VIN from which rating appliesZFA169000*00308050

Comments
The Panda’s body is strong and stable. But although the car is fitted with front belt pre-tensioners and load limiters, high loads were recorded by the passenger dummy’s chest instrumentation in the frontal impact. High loads were also recorded by the driver dummy’s chest instrumentation in the side impact. A door on the struck side opened in the side impact. Child protection offered by the car was disappointing as was the pedestrian protection on offer.

Front impact
The restraint system included a single stage tethered airbag for the driver plus front belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Minimal distortion occurred in the footwell but movement of the clutch pedal in the impact compromised the protection that the Panda gave to its driver’s feet. Hard, aggressive structures behind the steering column and the fascia also posed a risk of injury to the driver’s upper limbs.

Side impact
The performance in the side impact was not very impressive. High loads were recorded by instrumentation in the dummy’s chest. The Panda was penalised further because forces were transferred in an unrealistic manner up the dummy’s spine, reducing the forces recorded by instrumentation in its chest. During the impact a door latch released, allowing the door to open.

Child occupant
The test car was not fitted with a passenger frontal airbag, so no warning about the risk of placing a child in a rear-facing restraint opposite an active airbag was fitted. Both children sat forward facing in Kiddy Life restraints, which were fitted to the car using the adult belts. While loads recorded by the child dummies’ instrumentation were acceptable, the older child was exposed to risk in the frontal and side impacts.

Pedestrian
Only the areas where an adult’s head might strike offered any protection. The area where a child’s head might strike, the bonnet’s leading edge and the bumper were particularly unfriendly towards pedestrians. A poor result.

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