First Perodua Alza accident shows that ADAS can’t protect you in all situations

Only two days after taking delivery, an owner of the all-new Perodua Alza was met with an accident in her brand-new car in Negeri Sembilan. Dubbed as the first Perodua Alza accident, the unfortunate event was entirely beyond the control of the Alza driver.

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The owner of the all-new Alza, a 37-year-old female teacher, was stopping at an intersection when the incident took place. A Proton Saga exited the junction abruptly and crashed into a Hyundai Tucson. The Hyundai Tucson then lost control, subsequently crashing head-on with the Perodua Alza, also colliding with a Perodua Kancil behind the Alza.

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Clearly not at fault, this incident shows that even with modern safety features, some accidents are just impossible to avoid, given not all cars on the road are as well-equipped. In this case, the Alza was stationary and staying in its own lane, and despite being equipped with Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist suite (which is now standard across all variants), the driver can unfortunately only be a sitting duck.

PanduLaju reports that the Perodua Kancil driver suffered head injuries, and is receiving treatment at Tampin Hospital. There are currently no updates on the condition of the driver of the Perodua Alza.

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Some were quick to point out how badly the Alza was damaged in comparison to the Hyundai Tucson. However, from the images shared we can see that the crumple zone of the Alza worked perfectly, absorbing the impact of the crash. The A-pillars seem unscathed and the structural integrity of the cabin remained.

Just for posterity’s sake, the Perodua Alza managed to obtain a 5-star rating in the ASEAN NCAP tests, scoring 28.96/30 for Adult Occupant Protection, 43.04/51 for Child Occupant Protection, 19.5/21 for safety assist, and 8/16 for Motorcyclist Safety.

However well-equipped our cars are today in terms of safety, some incidents still remain beyond our control as drivers.

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