Cariolis: Car Reviews


► 2012 Renault Fluence ZE [CRASH TEST]

By YouCar

In the frontal test, the passenger compartment remained stable. However, there was insufficient pressure in the driver's airbag to prevent the head from making contact, through the fabric of the airbag, with the rim of the steering wheel. The car was penalised for this 'bottoming out' of the airbag. Renault has informed Euro NCAP that they are investigating the issue with a view to making improvements. Structures in the dashboard were thought to present a hazard to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. In the side barrier test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body regions was good. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib deflection indicated weak protection of the chest. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. The car was checked after all of the tests and no electrical hazards were found.


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