Euro NCAP gives low four-star rating to Jaguar’s XF model

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 26, 2010

Jaguar’s XF model didn’t do well in the new series of crash tests performed by Euro NCAP and only received a four star rating. Of the 14 cars that were tested, 10 got a top grade.

Euro NCAP said that the XF model didn’t meet the expectations when it came to adult and child occupant protection. The organization stated that occupants were exposed to risk from the structures in the dashboard.

The risk of injury posed to those who sat in different positions and protection for the knee/femur/pelvis body region was rated as marginal. Euro NCAP said that the front passenger airbag cannot be disabled to permit a rearward facing child restraint to be put in that seating position.

It also determined that Jaguar didn’t provide clear labels that warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seating position.

It also deducted points because the restraint of the 18 month dummy had instruction and warning labels that were not permanently attached.

Jaguar has said that it is respecting the conclusions made by Euro NCAP. What owners of high-end models do when they fail to meet all the criteria in the crash tests is to revise the design, repair the problems, and try again.

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