Hyundai Genesis and Tucson get top safety awards

By CARSIFU | 17 December 2015

LOS ANGELES: The Hyundai Genesis and Tucson have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award helps consumers pick vehicles that offer the highest level of crash protection.

“Safety is a top priority at Hyundai Motor, so we are pleased to see two of our vehicles on this prestigious list,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America.

“Hyundai Motor’s emphasis on safety continues to shine through with the advanced safety technologies across our vehicle lineup, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning with lane keep assist as well as emergency brake assist.”

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IIHS rates vehicles in a small overlap front crash, moderate overlap front crash, side and roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as a standard or optional front crash prevention system.

Winners of the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award must earn good ratings for occupant protection in all five of the evaluations.

For the first time, a good rating in the small overlap front crash test is required to earn the award.

“The Genesis is equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags and energy-absorbing front airbags, while the Tucson has AEB, helping these vehicles earn our top rating,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president.

“Both earned a required good rating in the small overlap front crash evaluation and a superior-or advanced-rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities, a key criteria to qualify for a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.”