Citroen eC3 Scores 0-star Global NCAP Safety Rating

In a recent evaluation conducted by Global NCAP, the Citroen eC3, an electric hatchback, faced scrutiny for its safety performance, resulting in disheartening ratings. This assessment, part of the Safer Cars for India campaign, shed light on critical deficiencies in the vehicle’s safety features and performance. Let’s delve into the specifics of the eC3’s safety shortcomings and the implications for its occupants.

Adult Occupant Protection: 0-Star Rating

The Citroen eC3, an electric hatchback, has recently undergone crash testing by Global NCAP, resulting in a dismal 0-star rating for adult occupant protection. In addition, it received a modest 1-star rating for child occupant protection. This assessment, part of the Safer Cars for India campaign, evaluated an Indian-manufactured model. Notably, this vehicle lacks several key safety features.

Safety Features and Test Results

The tested eC3 model was equipped with dual-front airbags, belt load limiters, and seat belt reminders for the front seats only. However, it notably lacks essential safety components such as ESC, seat belt pretensioners, side airbags, ISOFIX anchorages, and rear seat belt reminders.

Adult Protection Score Breakdown

The adult protection score totaled 20.86 points out of 34. Notably, while head and neck protection in frontal impacts were rated good, chest protection received weak and poor ratings for the driver and passenger, respectively. Furthermore, knee protection for the driver was marginal due to potentially hazardous structures behind the dashboard.

In side impact tests, the eC3 displayed marginal head protection, adequate chest protection, and good protection for the abdomen and pelvis. Nevertheless, the discrepancy between frontal and side impact performance led to a reduced overall rating.

Child Occupant Protection: 1-Star Rating

In the child occupant protection test, the eC3 scored 10.55 points out of 49. Notably, the 3-year-old child seat, installed facing forward with the adult seat belt, failed to prevent excessive forward movement and head contact during frontal crashes. Similarly, the 18-month-old child seat, installed rearward-facing, offered inadequate head protection during side impacts.

Lack of Child Safety Features

The eC3 lacks essential child safety features such as 3-point seat belts for all seats, ISOFIX anchorages, and the ability to disconnect the passenger airbag for rear-facing child restraint systems.

Call for Improved Safety Standards

Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Secretary General, expressed disappointment, emphasizing the need for urgent improvements. Despite this setback, Citroen has announced plans to enhance safety features across its models in India, including the eC3, which is expected to elevate its safety ratings in the near future.

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