Today it was announced the 2007 Kia Amanti received
a “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
in a side impact crash test for large luxury cars. A "Good" is the
highest possible rating given by IIHS and the results show a range of
performance in how well large cars are designed to protect people in
serious side impact crashes, according to the institute.
comes as no surprise to learn how well Amanti did when compared to
higher priced vehicles in this test," said Len Hunt, executive vice
president and COO of Kia Motors America. "We are pleased that the IIHS
test of the 2007 Amanti validates Kia’s philosophy of providing
high-value and safe vehicles for our customers."
According to IIHS, a vehicle’s side
impact crash evaluation is based on performance in a crash test in
which the side of the vehicle is struck by a barrier representing the
front end of a pickup or SUV. Injury measures obtained from the test
are used to determine the likelihood that a driver and/or rear
passenger in a real-world crash would sustain serious injury to various
The lowest priced vehicle
in the group IIHS recently tested, the Kia Amanti, was one of the best
performers. "The Amanti shows that you don’t have to buy an expensive
car to get good protection in crashes with SUVs and pickup trucks,"
said IIHS president Adrian Lund. "The standard head curtain airbags for
front- and back-seat occupants kept the dummies' heads from hitting any
hard structures including the intruding crash test barrier."
standard safety feature leader, the Amanti has more standard airbags
(eight) than any other vehicle in its segment, including dual front
advanced airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and
full-length side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features for
the 2007 Amanti include tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), four
anti-pinch windows – which sense obstructions and automatically roll
down – height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and force
limiters, three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, lower
anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), side impact door beams and
front and rear crumple zones.
active safety equipment front, Amanti features a standard four-wheel
disc antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution
(EBD), which apportions braking force front and rear according to the
vehicle’s load distribution. Electronic stability control, traction
control and brake assist also are available, and help control the
vehicle in the event of a severe stop, applying the brakes to
individual wheels while reducing engine power to help bring the vehicle
safely back on its intended course.