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Voyager suffers NCAP test blow

THE safety credentials of the new Grand Chrysler Voyager have come under fire in the latest round of European crash testing.

It was awarded just two stars for adult occupant protection with a strike-through symbol indicating concerns of ‘an unacceptably high risk of serious of fatal injury’.

It was one of four vehicles to be evaluated by Euro NCAP, the others being Chevrolet Captiva, Volkswagen Eos and the Volvo C30.

The Eos and Captiva were each awarded four stars for adult occupant protection while the C30 gained the maximum five stars.

Commenting on the Voyager’s results, Euro NCAP chairman, Claes Tingvall, said: ‘I find it shocking that, in seven years, this manufacturer has not been able to improve the safety of this MPV – a car that is clearly targeting families. Still worse is that Chrysler continues to sell this version in the UK while a better-equipped and better-performing version is available in left-hand drive across the rest of Europe. I do hope that Chrysler intends to show a greater commitment to safety in the future.’

Chrysler has issued a statement defending the safety of the Grand Voyager.

It said: ‘The Chrysler Grand Voyager meets or exceeds all of the regulatory and safety requirements in markets where it is sold both in right and left-hand-drive, and performs well in the many crash test scenarios. Both models performed equally as well in homologation tests conducted by government agencies.

‘Since 1999, Chrysler Group has made significant improvements to the safety components and features of the Chrysler Grand Voyager, including an enhanced safety cage, multi-stage front air bags, full-length inflatable side curtain airbags and front seatbelts with constant force retractors and many additional passive safety features.

‘It is incorrect to assume that no changes were made to a vehicle as the result of a single crash test. Moreover, no single test can predict the overall safety performance of a vehicle.’

NCAP test results

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