This morning we woke up with the news of a new round of Euro NCAP crash tests in which they spoke, above all, of the poor results obtained by the Renault ZOE and for him Dacia spring, models that have achieved ratings of 0 stars and one star respectively.
Despite the spectacular results and the statements made by Euro NCAP itself, how should these results be taken?
It is a fact that a car with fewer stars is a car with a lower rating, but not so much that a car with fewer stars is more unsafe or much more unsafe, right?
Given that Euro NCAP has criticized both Renault and Dacia, we have proceeded to analyze the entire result of the crash test made public to clear up doubts or perhaps even generate more.
In the Dacia Spring for example we find that after the crash test, Euro NCAP says that the cabin of the Spring was stable in the frontal test. The readings of various parameters on the legs of the mannequins were high, indicating poor protection, and the Structures on the dash presented a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and for those who were sitting in different positions.
According to Euro NCAP, the driver’s dummy chest protection was also rated poorbased on chest compression readings during the test. The driver’s pelvis was also poorly protected with readings that exceeded recommended values.
In the full-width rigid barrier test, the rear passenger’s head was penalized for the extent to which it moved forward and protection was rated poor. Chest protection for both occupants was rated marginal, based on compression measurements. In both the side barrier test and the more severe side post impact, rib compression indicated marginal levels of chest protection, but that of other critical areas of the body was good.
The Spring is not equipped with a central airbag to protect occupants from side and eye impact injuries, because surely if we put your current car to these tests, it would not do much better at this point since there are few that have this system.
Tests on the front seats and headrests demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. However, a geometric evaluation of lThe rear seats indicated poor protection against whiplash.
The Spring has an advanced eCall system which partially met Euro NCAP requirements, and the car does not have a multiple collision braking system to avoid secondary impacts. The marker was penalized for the high forces required to open the door after impact.
In the frontal test, the protection of the head and a 6-year-old child’s neck was rated weak, as a function of the measured decelerations and traction forces, respectively. The 10-year-old doll’s neck was marginally protected. In the side impact, all critical body regions were well protected.
The front passenger airbags can be turned off to allow the use of a rear-facing child safety seat in that position. The labels indicating ISOFIX anchors were not visible to someone installing a child restraint, and the Spring lost points in this section as well.
Furthermore, as a consequence of poor marking, the installation checks of the ISOFIX child restraint systems were rated as poor. The Spring is not equipped with i-Size anchors, so i-Size child safety seats cannot be used in the vehicle.
The protection provided by the hood to the head of a struck pedestrian was good or adequate, with poor results recorded in the rigid pillars of the windshield. The bumper provided good or adequate protection to pedestrian legs in all test positions. However, pelvic protection was mixed, some locations offering good protection and others poor. The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system reacts only against other vehicles and does not detect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
A seat belt reminder system comes standard on all seats, but the vehicle lacks a fatigue detection system. Lane assist is not available in Spring. A driver-configured speed limiter is fitted as standard but the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system showed marginal performance in tests with other vehicles.
So far is what Euro NCAP has commented, however, now our opinion on it comes and we are going to give one of lime and another of sand.
You can’t have “accessible” cars and have it all. If we want the five stars we will have to carry driving assistance systems that in many cases are cumbersome and of which in addition, we doubt its real effectiveness in mitigating accidents.
While it is true that there are systems that mitigate the consequences of accidents, such as airbags, brake assistance systems or blind spot monitoring systems, there are times when everything goes awry and Euro NCAP demands systems that seem unnecessary.
From my point of view – which does not have to be the middle one – you have to examine the car’s equipment and above all, the deformation of the vehicles and the protection offered by basic systems such as airbags, seat belts or headrests. .
In the case of the Dacia Spring we see that the passenger compartment remains stable but that the rear head restraints do not offer sufficient protection. In addition to this, the dangerous elements of the dashboard or the fact that it is difficult to open the doors after the test, indicates some deficiency on the part of the manufacturer and we are talking about minimums.
The fact that the model does not equip or cannot equip advanced systems I think should not be synonymous with the loss of stars because in most models, these systems often come out of the standard equipment and because of their price. , many do not equip it.
That said, I think Dacia should check the labeling points, rigidity, door opening and dangerous elements of the dashboard and headrest.
With this, I suppose that the model would go to 2 stars, a result that is still poor but adequate given that the panorama that Euro NCAP paints is that cars must equip everything to be able to win five stars, a score that none of them would get. the models that today travel our roads.
With all this, what do you think about the results of the model and about the requirements of Euro NCAP?
Source | Euro NCAP
You can download the test results here.