Renault Duster fails Latin NCAP crash tests


Bodyshell integrity: unstable; footwell area: unstable

Along with the Swift, Latin NCAP also crash-tested the Renault Duster made-in-Brazil, and sadly, it also scored zero stars. The popular compact SUV achieved 29.47% in Adult Occupant category, 22.93% in Child Occupant category, and 50.79% in Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users category.

The tested model was equipped with two front airbags, passenger airbag cut-off switch, front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters, seat belt reminder for front seats, rear Isofix mounts, and ESC.

Adult Occupant Protection
In the adult occupant protection tests, the report said that the protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. Driver and passenger’s chest showed marginal protection. Driver’s knees and passenger’s one knee showed marginal protection as they can impact with dangerous structures behind the firewall, while the passenger’s other knee showed good protection.

However, the footwell area was rated as unstable. The bodyshell was also rated as unstable and is not capable of withstanding further loadings. In addition, the car showed a fuel leak after the frontal impact test.

In the side impact tests, the report said that head, abdomen and pelvis protection was good while chest protection was marginal. The structural intrusion was unusually high, and the front passenger door opened during the test. The side pole impact test was not performed as the car does not offer side head protection, the report added. The lack of ADAS also contributed to poor scores.

Child Occupant Protection
As for the child occupant protection, the report said that the CRS for a 3-year-old child was installed forward-facing using Isofix anchorages and Top Tether. It was capable of preventing excessive forward movement of the head, however, the head showed contact with the interior of the vehicle in the rebound, bringing the head score to 0. The Q1.5 was installed rearward facing using the adult seatbelts; in the frontal crash, the head contacted the interior of the car which brought the head points to 0. Download the full report here.

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