2006 Kia Sedona Minivan Earns Top Honors for All-around Impact Crash Tests
Already having earned a five-star safety rating from the U.S.
Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), the all-new 2006 Sedona minivan now has been
awarded the Gold Top Safety Pick for its impressive performance with
top ratings in frontal, side and rear impact crash tests by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
are extremely proud to learn that the Sedona was recognized yet again
for its commitment to safety,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president
and COO of Kia Motors America. “Being the first minivan to earn the
IIHS Top Safety Pick is yet another example of Kia’s dedication to
providing quality vehicles equipped with the highest level of standard
safety features available.”
order to receive a Gold Top Safety Pick Rating from IIHS, the vehicle
must receive a rating of “Good” – the Institute’s highest rating – in
all three categories of frontal, side and rear impact tests. Among the
eight current minivan designs the Institute has rated, the Sedona is
the only one that earns “Good” ratings in all three Institute tests.
Sedona is the best minivan we've tested," said IIHS President Adrian
Lund. "Other minivans have earned good front and side ratings, but they
haven't achieved a satisfactory level of rear crash protection. The
Sedona stands out as the first to get a clean sweep of good ratings
across the board."
all-new 2006 Kia Sedona was the only minivan tested by IIHS equipped
with standard active head restraints, and it stood out above other
minivans in that it not only performed well in frontal and side impact
crash tests, but also in rear impact safety tests.
manufacturers haven't paid as much attention to occupant protection in
rear crashes, compared with front and side crashes," Lund points out.
"Kia deserves credit for designing the Sedona's seat/head restraints
for protection in one of the most common kinds of commuter traffic
redesigned for the 2006 model year, the all-new Sedona builds upon a
commitment to safety that was established with the first generation
minivan, which earned the company’s first five-star crash rating when
it debuted in 2002. The 2006 Sedona continues to offer a high level of
standard safety equipment, including six standard airbags, front active
headrests, electronic stability control (ESC), ABS with electronic
brake force distribution (EBD), a traction control system (TCS) with
brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).