In its latest round of testing, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has given the Fiat Punto a zero-star safety rating – the first model to receive such a result, according to Euro NCAP’s website. The model has been around since 2005, but is still on sale in Europe, warranting a retest following modern criteria.

In the adult occupant and child occupant tests, the Punto managed to obtain compliance scores of 51% and 43%, respectively. Meanwhile, in the pedestrian protection test, it received a score of 52%. While these results would have been good enough for a two-star rating, the introduction of new testing criteria have had a stronger impact on results.

The Punto’s 0% score in the safety assist category is a good representative of just that. While it may have a seatbelt reminder for the driver’s seat as standard, it is an option for the front passenger, and is not available for rear seats. Moreover, the lack of any crash avoidance and driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking and speed limiter, disqualifies the model from getting any stars at all in the end.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen.