When you promote a car featuring Euro NCAP Five Star Safety it pays to build them correctly!
I have seen no mention of this in New Zealand, so assume those sold here are Ok, but this is bad news for Fiat U.K..
Fiat Grande Punto Safety Issue - www.itv-motoring.com
Fiat is to ask early customers of the Grande Punto to bring their cars in to dealerships so that safety work can be carried out.
All left-hand drive Grande Puntos have a metal plate in the steering column which was designed to spread the load of a knee impact in serious front-end collisions. Right-hand drive cars built since the beginning of July 2006 have this too, but those built up until the end of June didn't.