August 1, 2006
Toyota FJ Cruiser and Hyundai Santa Fe receive top frontal crash-test rating
The 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe performed well in IIHS frontal crash tests. Click image to enlarge
Arlington, Virginia – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that it has awarded the top “Good” rating for frontal crash protection to the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.
The all-new FJ Cruiser, derived from the Toyota 4Runner, reportedly had “well-controlled” crash test dummy movement; the IIHS says that “during rebound, the dummy’s head hit the B-pillar and roof rail”, but “measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity; head acceleration from the B-pillar/roof rail contact was low.” The tested vehicle had optional front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags.
The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for 2007, and due to its increased size and weight, it is now classified as a midsize SUV, instead of the previous small SUV designation. The IIHS reports that “dummy movement was well controlled; after the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.” The vehicle was tested with head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags, which are standard equipment.