The German organization Dekra has carried out a crash test of an 18-year-old Hyundai Getz with a mileage of 270 thousand kilometers. The experts decided to check the reliability of a car that has been in operation for a long time, as well as evaluate the operation of safety systems, namely airbags and belts. They faked a head-on collision with a stationary obstacle at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour: the result was quite good.
After 17 milliseconds after the collision, the seat belt pretensioners worked, after another two milliseconds, the front airbag covers opened. As a result, all systems worked in just 37.9 milliseconds – for comparison, a person blinks at a speed of about 100 milliseconds.
Experts from Dekra praised the build quality and durability of the old Getz: although the body was deformed as a result of hitting a stationary object, the doors were opened without any problems, and the pedal assembly and front struts remained intact.
It should be borne in mind that modern cars significantly surpass the mass of budget cars that were produced almost 20 years ago, so it is difficult to compare their reliability.
However, safety experts periodically compare the reliability of old and new cars. For example, last year the Swiss Center for Dynamic Testing conducted a crash test of a police modification of the BMW 525 station wagon and a 1983 Fiat Uno. From the impact at a speed of 90 kilometers per hour, the old car literally folded into an “accordion”. A German station wagon took a blow from behind, causing the rear window to crack.