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2015 Alabama-built Sonata awarded Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

2015 Sonata (Source: Hyundai Motors) 2015 Sonata (Source: Hyundai Motors)

The Montgomery, Alabama-built 2015 Hyundai Sonata is earning a new safety award, this time as the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional forward collision warning.

The award is being given by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Sonata isn't alone in earning the distinction among Hyundai's line. It joins the 2015 Genesis, in earning the Institute's highest honor.

"The TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation recognizes state-of-the-art safety," said IIHS president Adrian Lund. "The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is not only engineered to protect people when crashes happen, but with its optional forward collision warning system rated basic in our tests, this car can help drivers avoid some of the most common kinds of collisions altogether."

The Sonata's safety features including Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.

"Occupant safety is at the forefront of Hyundai design and engineering," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Sonata's TOP SAFETY PICK+ recognition reinforces our dedication to occupant safety, and integrating our accident prevention technologies makes the 2015 Sonata one of the safest midsize sedans on the market today."

IIHS rates vehicles in a moderate overlap front crash, side impact and rollover test, small overlap front crash, and evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions. IIHS also evaluates available front crash prevention systems that are used to prevent a crash or lessen the severity.

Winners of the Top Safety Pick+ award must earn good ratings for passenger protection in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, no less than acceptable in the small overlap test, and a basic rating for front crash prevention.

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