VW Sharan gets four-star safety rating despite door falling off

"Overall performance was not compromised" by detached door, assessors say

VW Sharan gets four-star safety rating despite door falling off

The Volkswagen Sharan has been awarded a with a commendable four-star safety rating by Euro NCAP despite one of the car’s doors falling off during one of the tests.

During Euro NCAP’s pole impact test, which is designed to simulate a 20mph side-on collision with a solid object such as a tree or lamp post, the nearside rear passenger door detached from the vehicle.

UK vehicle safety assessor, Thatcham Research said the weakness posed “a risk of occupant ejection” in the event of a crash.

However, the people carrier still performed well in the crash tests, earning 89 per cent overall in its category.

Thatcham Research explained that had the door remained attached to the car, the model would have been awarded 15.9 out of a maximum 16 points in the pole impact test.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP board member, said: “The pole crash is the most structurally invasive of all Euro NCAP crash test assessments.

“In the test, the Volkswagen Sharan showed a high level of protection for the occupants and the restraint systems are well-designed to prevent injuries.

“However, the instability of the side-door was of concern and resulted in points being deducted.

“This reflects the fact that although the overall performance of the vehicle was not compromised, there could be, in extreme circumstances, a risk of ejection.”

Share your comments below.

Home Page Forums VW Sharan gets four-star safety rating despite door falling off

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #188988 Reply

    The Volkswagen Sharan has been awarded a with a commendable four-star safety rating by Euro NCAP despite one of the car’s doors falling off during one
    [See the full post at: VW Sharan gets four-star safety rating despite door falling off]

    #189071 Reply
    Dougal
    Guest

    It amuses me how news concerning different manufacturers are reported in different language.
    Vauxhalls catching fire are a death trap that the manufacturer is ignoring but BMWs catching fire are a minor concern that the manufacturer is making every effort to correct immediately.(or so we are told)
    If this had been a FIAT the headline could have been,
    ” Charlie, you are only meant to blow the bloody doors off ”

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)

LEAVE A REPLY:

Reply To: VW Sharan gets four-star safety rating despite door falling off

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have your say!

0 0

Lost Password

Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

Sign Up