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...getting hit by: The Audi A6, any in the BMW 5-Series, the Citroën C5, the VW Touareg, the Ford Focus, the Fiat Panda, and many more. By 2005, European Standards will formalise 'Vulnerable Road User' safety features on cars. However, results from the latest Euro NCAP tests, revealed at a press conference in Madrid today, show that no car currently meets the 4-star rating for protecting pedestrians and cyclists.
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The European New Car Assessment Programme provides motoring consumers with independent assessments of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe.

Euro NCAP was established in 1997 and is now backed by five European governments, the European Commission and motoring and consumer organisations in every EU country.

The latest research from Euro NCAP shows that smaller cars are getting safer for their occupants but most cars are still failing to meet safety standards for those most at risk, cyclists and pedestrians.

The organisation, charged with driving Car Safety for All, revealed the results at press conference this morning at the Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid.

The Euro NCAP Phase 15 ratings found that no cars received the maximum four star rating for 'pedestrian protection'. Nine cars received merely a one star rating for 'pedestrian protection.'

"The dichotomy between Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Protection ratings particularly stark with the Audi A6, Renault Modus, VW Touareg, and the Citroën C5," said a statement from Euro NCAP.

Only the Citroën C4 and the Seat Altea offer an "enhanced level of protection for Vulnerable Road Users."

"It is a major disappointment that nine of the fourteen models tested were worthy of just one star (out of four) for Pedestrian Safety. We believe that the public will be demanding more when they make their choice of new vehicle," said Euro NCAP, optimistically.

UK transport minister David Jamieson said:

"I am pleased that manufacturers are continuing to improve car occupant safety with the majority of the cars tested achieving 5 stars for occupant protection. ?It is encouraging to have two cars achieving 3 stars for pedestrian protection although the majority are still only achieving one star. I would urge manufacturers to implement improvements in pedestrian protection ahead of the European Standards which will take effect from 2005."

Guido Adriaenssens, CEO of International Consumer Research & Testing Ltd (ICRT) said:

"Two cars today show us that it is possible to develop more forgiving car fronts in ordinary, family class, production cars. Other manufacturers shamelessly put newly developed cars on the market without sufficient precautions to limit the injury risks in case a pedestrian is hit. Consumer organisations strongly support improvements in this area, and hope that Euro NCAP will manage to steer market forces by generating comparative information as long as there is no appropriate EU directive in place."

The European Standards on pedestrian/cyclist safety features for cars will be phased in from 2005, but will not be fully in force until 2010. Car manufacturers are lobbying hard to water down the proposed European Standard.

This saddens Professor Claes Tingvall, chairman of Euro NCAP. Earlier today he said: ""The killing has got to stop, not tomorrow, not in 2010, but now.

"For every day that we lose, five people will die and 115 will be seriously injured. Car manufacturers have had the ability to save this pain and suffering for years - but have chosen not to do so."

Summary of Results

Superminis:

Renault Modus

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Hyundai Getz

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Fiat Panda

Occupant Protection: 3 stars

Child Protection: 2 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

KIA Picanto

Occupant Protection: 3 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Small Family Cars:

Citroën C4

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 3 stars

Ford Focus

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

BMW 1-Series

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Large Family Cars:

Citroën C5

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Skoda Octavia

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

Executive Cars:

Audi A6

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

BMW 5-Series

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Small MPV:

Seat Altea

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 3 stars

Large Off-Roader:

VW Touareg

Occupant Protection: 5 stars

Child Protection: 4 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 1 star

Test Update:

Mazda 2

Occupant Protection: 4 stars

Child Protection: 3 stars

Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars


http://www.euroncap.com/

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