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2009 Hyundai Genesis

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-14 models built after November 2008

Tested vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 4-door

The Hyundai Genesis was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Two tests of the Genesis were conducted. In the first test, the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, producing a high head acceleration. Also, forces on the dummy's right lower leg, knee, and foot indicated that injuries would be likely to the leg and possible to the knee and foot. In response, Hyundai modified the airbag and added padding behind the knee bolster in the area of the push-button ignition switch. In the second test, the right leg/foot injury rating improved to good. Most injury data from the head were not obtained, but after the Institute reviewed comparable test data from Hyundai, the head/neck injury risk was rated good in the second test.

The airbag and knee bolster modifications apply to all 2009 and later models manufactured after November 2008. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The cars manufactured before and after being modified are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both Institute tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests.

In each test, the dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (second test shown).

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound in the second test.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low in the second test.

Rating applies to 2009 models built before December 2008

Tested vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 4-door

The Hyundai Genesis was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Two tests of the Genesis were conducted. In the first test, the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, producing a high head acceleration. Also, forces on the dummy's right lower leg, knee, and foot indicated that injuries would be likely to the leg and possible to the knee and foot. In response, Hyundai modified the airbag and added padding behind the knee bolster in the area of the push-button ignition switch. In the second test, the right leg/foot injury rating improved to good. Most injury data from the head were not obtained, but after the Institute reviewed comparable test data from Hyundai, the head/neck injury risk was rated good in the second test.

The airbag and knee bolster modifications apply to all 2009 and later models manufactured after November 2008. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The cars manufactured before and after being modified are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both Institute tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head moved partway out the open side window and hit the roof rail and B-pillar.

Action shot taken during the first of two frontal offset crash tests.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (first test shown).

In the first test, a high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the likelihood of injuries in the first test. Knee and foot injuries were also possible.

Side

Rating applies to 2009-10 models built before February 2010

Tested vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

The Hyundai Genesis was introduced in the 2009 model year. Two tests of the Genesis were conducted. In the first test, the side curtain and side torso airbags deployed late, contributing to high forces recorded on the driver dummy's torso. These measures indicated that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely.

As a result, Hyundai modified the side airbag programming on all 2009 and later Genesis models manufactured after November 20, 2008. A second test was conducted to assess the effect of the fix. In the second test, the airbags deployed normally, and the torso injury measures were much improved. Hyundai implemented a service campaign to reprogram the side airbags on all 2009 models produced before the change was made on the production line.

The evaluation of the Genesis is based on the second test, except for the structural rating, which is based both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the second of two crash tests.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment (second test shown).

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags in the second test.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbags (second test shown).

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-14 models

Seat type: Power leather seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry