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Peugeot 'had no heavy-driver test'

PEUGEOT had never crash-tested one of its cars for any driver weighing more than 78kg (12 stone 4lb), an inquest heard yesterday.

Judith Evans, a Peugeot 107 driver who weighed almost 100kgs (16 stone), died in a head-on crash with a Vauxhall Vectra on her way home from work on January 20 last year.

Asked whether the car company had carried out crash tests on the Peugeot 107 model with dummies weighing more than 78kg, a Peugeot safety expert said it had not.

The driver of the Vectra only suffered fractures to her kneecap and internal bruising, the inquest at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court in Buckinghamshire, UK, has heard.

But 56-year-old mother-of-three Mrs Evans, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, received injuries deemed by experts to be "not typical of the outcomes usually seen in such collisions".

They found that she died in accidental circumstances in which an "efficient restraint system" -- including a properly functioning seatbelt, airbag and seat -- is designed to provide good protection, the inquest heard.

Irish Independent