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2009 Hyundai Genesis Delivers
NHTSA Five-Star Safety Ratings
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded
five-star crash test ratings, the highest government rankings
under the agency’s New Car Assessment Program, to the all-new
2009 Hyundai Genesis for both frontal and side-impact crash
“Genesis was engineered with a
lightweight but strong body shell, featuring ultra-high tensile
steel, laser welding, and advanced adhesive bonding,” said John
Krafcik, vice president of Strategic Planning and Product
Development, Hyundai Motor America. “Add eight airbags and
electronic active head restraints and you can see the focus we
placed on designing Genesis for occupant safety. These five-star
results are just one indication of the dedication Hyundai
engineers place on safety.”
Maintaining Hyundai's emphasis on
delivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class
active and passive safety features that both prevent accidents
and maximize the well-being of its occupants in the event of a
The Genesis continues the Hyundai
tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology,
with features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight
airbags and electronic active head restraints.
ESC compares the driver’s intended
course with the vehicle’s actual response. It then brakes
individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as
needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct
understeer or oversteer.
Genesis' eight airbags include
advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted
side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for
both front and rear outboard seat occupants.
Hyundai is the first popular brand to
offer electronic active front head restraints, a standard feature on the
2009 Genesis, which are an improvement over mechanically-based active
head restraint systems. Until now, electronic active head restraints
could only be found on select Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus models.
Active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.
Genesis is brought to a halt by large
four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake
Distribution (EBD). The V6 models feature 12.6-inch front rotors with
single-piston floating calipers, while the V8 models feature 13-inch
front rotors with four-piston calipers. All models are equipped with
12.4-inch rear rotors.
(August 27, 2008)