Seats in three cars that were awarded top marks for safety failed to give proper protection to passengers in rear-end collisions, new tests have shown.
Tests previously carried out under the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) awarded the three models - the Citroen C5, the Ford Kuga and the Peugeot 308 CC - a five-star rating for adult occupation safety.
The three former five-star vehicles were among a number of cars subjected to new tests by insurance repair research firm Thatcham for Euro NCAP.
The latest crash tests had very different results. The Peugeot fared worst, scoring nought, while the Citroen was given only 0.57 points and the Ford 0.44.
On the other end of the scale, the Volvo XC60, Audi A4, Opel Insignia, Alfa Romeo Mito and the Volkswagen Golf VI all scored well.
Andrew Miller, Thatcham director and Euro NCAP board member, said some manufacturers need to take a long hard look at their seat design.
"The new series of tests do show some seats - previously thought to be adequate - are just not offering motorists and their passengers' proper protection."
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