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New Citroen C3 Scores Zero Stars In Latin NCAP Crash Ratings

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The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, second publication for 2023 shows another very concerning Stellantis result of zero stars for the Citroen C3 due to, among other things, an unstable structure, weak protection in frontal impact, lack of side head protection and lack of seat belt reminders.

The Citroen C3, produced in Brazil, was rated zero stars. The C3 offers as standard 2 airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) achieved 30.52% in Adult Occupant, 12,10% in Child Occupant, 49.74% in Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users and 34.88% in Safety Assist. The car was tested in frontal impact, side impact, whiplash, pedestrian protection and ESC. This safety equipment is the basic and only safety equipment specification available for this model.

The frontal impact showed weak protection to the driver chest and marginal to the passenger chest probably explained by the lack of pretensioners. The structure and the footwell area were rated as unstable. Pole impact was not performed as the car did not offer standard side head protection, not even as optional. Whiplash protection to the adult neck showed poor performance. Child occupant showed almost full protection, but the dynamic points were affected because of the poor marking of ISOFIX anchorages for Child Restraint Systems (CRS). Airbag warning marking in for the passenger seat does not meet Latin NCAP requirements and airbag disconnection in passenger seat position is not possible. Some CRSs failed in the installation assessment. The car does not prove to meet UN 127 or GTR 9 pedestrian protection regulations. Pedestrian protection subsystems showed marginal to good protection for the head with poor protection and weak protection areas closer to the windscreen edge and A pillar. Pelvis protection was adequate to good and leg protection was marginal. Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) in the front seat does not meet Latin NCAP requirements and it is not available for the passenger side and on the rear seat row.

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The frontal impact showed weak protection to the driver chest and marginal to the passenger chest probably explained by the lack of pretensioners. Knees showed marginal protection for driver and good to marginal for passenger. The structure was rated as unstable as well as the footwell area that was also rated as unstable. Side impact showed adequate protection to the head and chest and good protection to the abdomen and pelvis. Pole impact was not performed as the car did not offer standard side head protection, not even as optional. Whiplash protection to the adult neck showed poor performance. Child occupant showed almost full protection, but the dynamic points were affected because of the poor marking for proper Child Restraint Systems (CRS), as the car does not meet the ISOFIX anchorages marking requirements. Airbag warning marking was not present according to Latin NCAP requirements and airbag disconnection in passenger seat position is not possible. Some CRSs failed in the installation assessment.

The car does not prove to meet UN 127 or GTR 9 pedestrian protection regulations. Pedestrian protection subsystems showed marginal to good protection for the head with poor protection and weak protection areas closer to the windscreen edge and A pillar. Upper leg performance was overall adequate to good, lower leg performance was marginal to good. ESC is present meeting Latin NCAP requirements. Seat Belt Reminders (SBR) in the front seat do not meet Latin NCAP requirements and there is no SBR in the passenger side or the rear seat row.

Mohit Soni
Mohit Sonihttps://www.thrustzone.com/
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