Nissan March (Micra) scores one star in Latin NCAP crash test
The New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP has released the latest crash results of the Nissan March that is sold in the South American market. The hatchback, manufactured in Mexico and Brazil has received one star for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. Nissan March is equivalent to the Nissan Micra hatchback sold in the Indian market.
Previously, the Nissan March when tested in 2016 with its rating for adult occupant protection downgraded from four to three stars. The frontal chest compression was high and the car showed unstable body shell performance contributing to the one star for adult occupant protection. In this year's crash test that also includes the side impact test, the results state that the side impact chest received marginal protection. The lack of seatbelt reminders as standard, which are key elements to warn passengers to use the seatbelt, contributed with the low score. The Nissan March does not offer ISOFIX anchorages as standard, therefore, the child restraint systems were installed using the adult seatbelt that showed, together with the selected child restraint system, limited protection to child occupants explaining the two stars for child occupant protection.
"It is encouraging to find more compact models with good child occupant protection and with the potential good adult passenger protection as standard, the low levels of protection offered by top sellers like the Nissan March still remains a concern. Governments should encourage and promote star rating for all cars sold in their markets to speed up the change to safer cars. Governments should encourage and create incentives to cars with active safety technologies like ESC and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems in order to shift the safety levels of new cars sold in the region, and to line up with global requirements," commented Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP.
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