2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Gets "Top Safety Pick" IIHS Rating

The 2009 Hyundai Genesis received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating for its "good" overall in side impact, frontal offset and rear crash tests. Unlike what you are inclined to believe, "good" is the highest ranking awarded by the Institute.

IIHS emphasizes safety on side impact tests, as they report that 51 percent of driver deaths in recent model cars occurred in such collisions. The Genesis provides good head and neck protection against "being hit by any hard structures" from the side and reduces the chance of serious injury.

In the Institute's 40 mph offset test, 40 percent of the total width of each vehicle strikes a barrier on the driver's side, mirroring the forces involved in a frontal offset crash between two vehicles. In Genesis' case "measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity."

"Hyundai is committed to standardizing the most effective life-saving technologies and Genesis sedan is no exception. From the debut of Hyundai's first electronic active head restraint system which helps prevent whiplash, to standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the most effective new safety technology since the seatbelt, Genesis was designed with safety in mind," Michael Deitz, Hyundai Genesis product manager said.

The Institute rates vehicles based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, alongside evaluations of seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Mandatory requirements for vehicles to become Top Safety Pick are to earn good ratings in all three tests and be fitted with an ESC system.
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