After recording encouraging road toll results over recent years, NSW is on track for a poor end to 2015. According to Transport for NSW, 309 people have died on state roads so far this year – 13 per cent higher than the same point in 2014.
While driver behaviour has a major influence on the outcome of serious road accidents, vehicle safety technology is an element that can’t be understated. Protecting drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other motorists, a vehicle with state-of-the-art technology is a must for anyone thinking about upgrading their car.
However, according to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the Hyundai Tucson performed below par in its latest round of crash testing and could only achieve a four-star safety rating. This result is certainly an exception to the rule in recent years, with the authority reporting that 81 per cent of new cars sold obtain the maximum five-star recommendation.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin explained that the vehicle has been on sale in Australia since August, but the rating only applies to its 2.0 litre GDi petrol two-wheel drive variants.
“The result is disappointing and unexpected for a new vehicle in this competitive class,” he said.
“Testing revealed the structural integrity of the driver footwell was compromised in the frontal offset test and there was also excessive movement of the brake pedal, meaning the vehicle could not achieve five stars.”
Fixing the situation
Due to the serious nature of these faults, Hyundai made a commitment to ANCAP to fix the design and production issues and resubmit the vehicle for another round of testing.
“This demonstrates the importance of the independent testing conducted by ANCAP to continually improve the safety of the vehicle fleet,” Mr Goodwin continued.
As the number of vehicles on Australian roads continues to rise, choosing safe vehicles only becomes more important. This means there needs to be buy-in from consumers to purchase safe cars and manufacturers to offer vehicles with the best technology possible.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a serious vehicle accident and suffer a whiplash injury, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge.