Kia Picanto scored zero stars in crash testsOctober 31, 2020
After the Hyundai HB20, which was criticized by the Latin American NCAP for its safety features, or rather lack thereof, another Hyundai-KIA group model, the Picanto, received a lot of attention from the independent evaluation program.
NCAP Latin America is calling on KIA to update the South American Picanto (Morning) after it scored zero stars in recent crash tests. Tested for frontal, side, whiplash and pedestrian protection, the city car showed 0% protection for adults, 29% for children, 51% for pedestrian safety and 7% for safety systems.
The model is offered as standard with only a driver’s airbag, but even with a passenger airbag installed, the results would be as dire as confirmed by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, ABS and ESC are not standard, and body and head side airbags are not even available as an option.
“It is absolutely awful that a global car manufacturer like Kia offers the Picanto with 6 airbags, pedestrian protection and ESC for 8,700 euros in European markets, while in our region the car offers such low levels of safety. European safety equipment is not even offered as an option in Latin America. Latin NCAP generally discourages consumers from buying such a low-security model, ”said Latin NCAP secretary general Alejandro Furas.
In comparison, in 2017 Euro NCAP testing, the third-generation Picanto scored three stars: 79% for the safety of passengers – adults, 64% for children, 54% for pedestrians and 25% for safety assistants. The Latin American NCAP encourages and encourages KIA to act now and substantially improve the Picanto and its entire fleet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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