How Bad Does A Car Have To Be To Score A Zero Star Crash Test Rating?
Fiat advertises online that its brand new 2017 Punto has the “utmost passive safety” and “all thrills and no spills.” Well recent safety testing from the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) show that there may be some thrills but there is also a high likelihood of spills as the Punto became the first vehicle to ever score a zero star safety rating.
NCAP released the following statement:
It is let down in driver assistance and crash avoidance: with only a seatbelt reminder system for the driver as standard, no points were scored in this part of the assessment. NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen described the Punto, “This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017.”
Long story short, the Punto has been around for a while now in its current guise. While it did score well enough in some areas to warrant a 2 star rating failures in others led to its historically bad score.
What say you? Should Fiat be allowed to sell a car with zero stars?
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