The independent organization Latin NCAP has tested the safety of the Hyundai Tucson in a series of crash tests, with disappointing results. A crossover of the previous, fourth generation, which is still sold in South America, took part in the tests. Experts recognized the car as extremely unsafe: according to the results of tests by frontal and side impacts, the car did not manage to earn a single star. It received the worst mark for the protection of child passengers.
Tucson experienced a frontal impact with 40 percent overlap at a speed of 64 kilometers per hour, as well as two side collisions with a cart and a pillar at speeds of 50 and 29 kilometers per hour, respectively. In both cases, the crossover design proved to be fragile and strongly deformed from impacts.
In addition, the equipment of the South American off-road vehicle lacks active and passive safety systems that could mitigate the consequences of collisions. So, the “base” Tucson has only two front airbags and no electronic stabilization system. It coped well with the protection of adult passengers, experts noted, but the lack of side airbags significantly worsened the result.
As a result, the safety of the front passengers was rated at 51 percent, the safety of pedestrians – at 50 percent. The car received seven percent for the operation of the systems, and only four percent for the safety of child passengers. At the same time, Hyundai was delaying the supply of spare parts for tested cars, Latin NCAP said, which may be due to both logistics problems and reluctance to conduct tests. In addition, Hyundai turned down the organization when it offered to test the new Tucson.
Last week, Latin NCAP checked the safety of the Fiat hatchback and Cronos sedan. Both models, which debuted in the Latin American market in 2017, also earned zero ratings.