Euro NCAP has released its scores for the Honda Civic Hybrid. The model failed to achieve the expected five-star rating.
The Civic Hybrid's results have been anticipated throughout Europe where fleet buyers and consumers are increasing using lower CO2 emissions and higher safety scores to determine their purchasing decisions.
These cars benefit from tax incentives and also avoid road charging.
The hybrid Civic scored four stars for child and occupant protection and three stars for pedestrian protection.
Testers found that, while the "passenger compartment remained stable during the impact, there was insufficient pressure in the airbag to prevent the dummy's head for making contact with the steering wheel. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury."
The car is the second "environmentally friendly car" tested by Euro NCAP. Toyota's Prius, tested in 2004, achieved a five-star rating in adult occupancy protection.