Citroen eC3 scores 0-star Global NCAP safety rating

The Citroen eC3 electric hatchback recently underwent crash testing by Global NCAP, revealing concerning safety ratings. In the assessment for adult occupant protection, the car received a dismal 0-star rating. Despite being equipped with dual-front airbags, belt load limiter, and seat belt reminders for the front seats, critical safety features such as ESC, side airbags, ISOFIX anchorages, and rear seat belt reminders were notably absent.

Child Occupant Protection:
Similarly, the eC3 received only a 1-star rating for child occupant protection. The lack of comprehensive safety features, including ISOFIX anchorages, rear seat belt reminders, and appropriate seat belt configurations, contributed to this disappointing score.

Detailed Analysis:
The assessment highlighted several areas of concern. In frontal impact tests, although head and neck protection for both driver and passenger were adequate, chest protection was deemed weak and poor, respectively. Furthermore, potential knee injuries for the driver were noted due to hazardous structures behind the dashboard. Side impact tests revealed marginal head protection and adequate chest protection, but the absence of side airbags and ESC led to a deduction of one star in the overall assessment.

Future Improvements:
Despite the current poor safety ratings, Citroen has committed to enhancing safety features in upcoming models. From the second half of 2024, the eC3 will be equipped with six airbags as standard, along with ISOFIX seat anchorages and rear seat belt reminders. These improvements are expected to significantly enhance the safety profile of the eC3 and lead to improved ratings in subsequent assessments.

Global NCAP's Concerns:
Global NCAP expressed dismay over the eC3's safety performance, particularly noting a regression from previous safety standards associated with the manufacturer. Urgent corrective measures are called for to address these safety concerns and ensure compliance with global safety norms.

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