Paramount in today’s busy world where there appear to be more cars than people. Our roads are busier, our streets are narrower, and our traffic is bumper to bumper. This makes our car safety ratings even more important to consider when purchasing a car. All of the vehicle manufacturers are also conscious about safety, continuing to add more and more technologically advanced features to keep you safe.
Hyundai is one of the main auto manufacturers that offers many of these safety features are standard on their vehicles. Hyundai poses this question to customers: “What is a better way to deal with accidents?” The answer is “Don’t have them.” Both standard and optional features on Hyundai vehicles include Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control.
Also, luckily for the safety conscious buyer, Hyundai cars and SUVS are some of the highest ranked for overall safety ratings. Many Hyundai vehicles have earned top safety ratings in many categories: for example, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Genesis sedan, and Sonata have all won the 2016 NHTSA’s 5-star overall safety rating.
Two major entities exist that are recognized by manufacturers, dealers and advertising agencies to accurately measure car safety ratings: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA).
The IIHS is a nonprofit created in 1959 and funded primarily by auto manufacturers to reduce the total number of vehicle crashes, injuries and all property damage associated with auto crashes. The NHTSA is actually an agency that operates in tandem with the IIHS, but is a government agency under the Department of Transportation. Both organizations are considered two of the best for understanding and assigning proper values to your car safety ratings, allowing consumers to compare different vehicle brands on an even scale.
The NHTSA works on a five-star scale: five stars is the best possible score possible in every category. The Safety Rating program was created so that consumers would be able to quickly and easily be informed of the vehicle’s crashworthiness, crash avoidance and other areas that account for the overall safety of vehicles. Five stars is the highest rating in any given category, and the categories do not add up, so a car with a 10-star rating is not possible.
Categories Tested by NHTSA:
Frontal Crash Safety Ratings
The frontal crash rating is broken into two parts: a driver seating and passenger position rating. There is also an overall frontal crash safety rating provided by the NHTSA which is the number most generally seen. This rating is considered the quickest way to communicate the safety of a given vehicle to potential customers for a particular crash type.
Side Crash Safety Ratings
Another crash test that receives star ratings from NHTSA is the side crash. This rating has both a front seat position rating as well as a rating for the rear seating position for barrier crashes. When one is shown, the other is shown as well, and there is also the overall side barrier crash safety rating for a quick reference for shoppers. This is an important category to consider when purchasing your new Hyundai because this car safety rating is usually a focus of parents for their children’s overall safety.
There is also a side pole crash rating that follows the same rules. The NHTSA combines results from both tests to achieve and overall side crash test rating for the front as well as the rear seats. The overall rating is represented as the overall side crash safety rating, and if the NHTSA deems that there is a significant difference between the left and right side, the ratings will be reflected as __ star rating only applies to the driver’s or passenger’s side.
Rollover Safety Rating
There is also a category of star rating that involves a vehicle’s rollover safety rating. This is a single rating, rather than front, rear, driver and passenger side ratings like the other categories.
Overall Vehicle Score
The overall vehicle score is the accumulation of the overall ratings from frontal and side crash tests as well as the rollover safety rating. Again, the highest overall vehicle score achievable is that of five stars total.
To learn more about Hyundai’s car safety ratings and to have one of our friendly sales associates help you pick out your next vehicle, call or visit Phil Long Hyundai of Chapel Hills today!
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