2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan safety rating
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan is “Top Safety Pick” again!
When buying a car, one of the most important vehicle features is always safety. This is why the Hyundai Genesis is doing well in the market today because it boasts of highly reliable safety features, which was why it recently received the “Top Safety Pick” recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States.
The 2010 Genesis sedan received the award alongside the Mercedes-Benz E-Class for the “large car” segment, winning over the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Volvo S80.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts scientific tests and evaluations in order to educate people about car safety. The goal is to reduce losses from deaths, injuries, and property damage.
The award-winning safety features of the Hyundai Genesis include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), eight airbags and front-row active head restraints.
The Genesis is the largest and most powerful Hyundai car in the US market. As of now, it has won a number of accolades including the “Top-Rated Upscale Sedan” award by Consumer Reports, “Car of the Year” by Autotropolis.com, and bested the BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF for the highest ranked midsize premium car recognition from JD Power, among others.
To be considered a Top Safety Pick, a car must have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as well as be able to pass the front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection tests.
The Genesis also earned the “Top Safety Pick” in 2009, but this year, IIHS raised the standards even higher. A roof strength test was added.
The rollover protection strength checked whether the roof of a car has twice the strength of current federal requirements in the US. To make it to the Pick, the roof of a car must be able to support four times its own weight without compressing the body more than 5 inches.
Needless to say, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan passed this test impressively. Hyundai worked on the roof structure to improve safety during a rollover accident or crash. To test roof strength, a metal plate that is four times heavier than the weight of the car is pushed down on one side of the roof at constant speed. To earn a good rating, the roof must not fold to as much as 5 inches from the force.
For the frontal crash test, a 40-mph (64kph) amount of force was used, for the side crash test, 31 mph (50 kph), and for the rear test, 20 mph (32 kph) to simulation a collision.
IIHS evaluated each vehicle by measuring the amount of intrusion into the occupant compartment after the simulated crash, amount of injury on the crash dummy, and checking a slow-motion playback to see how well the dummy reacted to the crash.
“Genesis luxury-sedan was designed to be one of the safest vehicles on the road and includes safety features such as ESC and Hyundai’s first electronic active front head restraint system, which helps prevent whiplash,” told Derek Joyce, production planning manager at HMA – Hyundai Motor America.
Being declared as one of the safest cars for two straight years, Hyundai Genesis is definitely one of the top cars in the market today.