Hyundai Among the Leaders in Safety With Eight Awards

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Brian Latouf, Chief Safety Officer, Hyundai Motor North America, speaks at the Chicago Auto Show Hyundai Press Conference in Chicago on Feb. 10, 2022. PHOTO Hyundai

Hyundai Motor America is one of the leaders in vehicle safety, earning eight 2022 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards.

Hyundai’s current SUV products each hold a TSP or TSP+ rating designation when equipped with specific headlights and for the 2022 Santa Fe, built after July 2021. Additionally, of the eight Hyundai products awarded thus far for 2022, five include eco-friendly powertrain options.

Parent company, Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis), leads the industry with the most awards in each category, when equipped with optional front crash protection and specific headlights — 11 TOP SAFETY PICK+ and 10 TOP SAFETY PICK awards for a total of 21.

“As one of the leading automakers in safety designations by IIHS, this achievement represents a significant performance by our engineering and safety teams and further validates the laser-like focus that we have for the safety of our customers and all road users, said Brian Latouf, Chief Safety Officer, Hyundai Motor North America. “We will continue on our journey for a world-class North American safety office, through our new Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory and child passenger educational safety efforts recently announced during the Chicago Auto Show.”

Hyundai products receiving 2022 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings include:

  • 2022 Elantra TOP SAFETY PICK with specific headlights
  • 2022 Sonata TOP SAFETY PICK with specific headlights
  • 2022 Venue TOP SAFETY PICK with specific headlights
  • 2022 Tucson TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • 2022 Palisade TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • 2022 Santa Fe TOP SAFETY PICK+ built after July 2021
  • 2022 Santa Cruz TOP SAFETY PICK with specific headlights

To qualify for an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+, the higher of the Institute’s two awards, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crash-worthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side roof strength and head restraint tests. Additionally, vehicles must be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations and good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trim levels.

The IIHS award criteria remain unchanged from last year, but, beginning in 2023, IIHS will add two new evaluations to the award requirements. For more information, visit IIHS.org.

2022 IIHS TSP/TSP+ Industry Ranking by OEM as of Feb. 24, 2022. PHOTO IIHS


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