2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2001-06 models built after March 2001

Tested vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in the 2001 model year. All 2001 Santa Fe models manufactured after March 2, 2001 include a modified accelerator pedal intended to reduce right leg injury risk in frontal offset crashes. Beginning with 2002 models manufacturered after March 2002, they were equipped with standard side airbags for drivers' and front passengers' heads and chests (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a Santa Fe with the modified accelerator pedal in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. The vehicle was retrofitted with the modified accelerator pedal before the crash test.

A redesigned, larger Santa Fe was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash 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.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was high.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0104
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 17
Center (cm) 17
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0104
HIC-15 359
Peak gs at hard contact 110
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 35
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Femur force - left (kN) 3.6
Femur force - right (kN) 4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 7
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50
Maximum tibia index - right 0.89
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 56
Right 111

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 62
Distance below top of head (mm) 60
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 16.9
Head contact time (ms) 84
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 275
Max neck tension (N) 1,658

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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