Hyundai and Kia's cars win top safety ratings in the United States

Hyundai Motor Group said four of its cars the Palisade, Sonata, Genesis G90, and Kia's Telluride won awards in a crash test held by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one of the best safety honors in the industry.

The Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Genesis G90 were named Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating, while the Hyundai Sonata won the second-highest safety pick.

The Telluride, in particular, received top ratings in every test category, while the Genesis G90 topped the premium segment for the second year in a row.

Hyundai and Kia's cars

  • An official from Hyundai remarked, "This is a notable outcome given that our flagship vehicle models exhibited safety even under the US agency's strict testing requirements.

  • Starting this year, the agency's side-impact tests are being conducted with rams that are 82 percent heavier to reflect the vehicles' increased weight.

  • Top Plus Award Winners are also needed to achieve high pedestrian collision avoidance ratings, both day and night.

  • As for headlights, the main evaluation criteria for determining whether vehicles have sufficient visibility to prevent crashes at night, the requirements are becoming more stringent for both the TSP and TSP+ awards.

  • The TSP+ award requires a rating of "Good" in the four standard test categories that assess the impact of a crash on a small overlap front from the driver's side, small overlap front from the passenger side, front small overlap from the passenger side, and front and side intermediate. For day and night crashes, the vehicle must receive the scores "Advanced" or "Good" and "Fair" or higher on the headlight test.

  • For the TSP Awards, cars need to have an "Acceptable" or higher side-impact rating and "Good" in terms of the rest of the three categories. For a frontal accident to a vehicle and pedestrian during the day, the vehicle must receive "Advanced" or "Good." The headlight tester adopts the same sizing rating as the TSP+.

  • Founded in 1959, IIHS is a nonprofit organization that assesses the safety of vehicles sold in the United States through crash tests.


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