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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- There's plenty to think about when you're expecting a new addition to the family. Safety shouldn't be one of them. That's why Hyundai takes protecting your little bundle of joy seriously. From the moment you leave the hospital, navigating roads takes on a whole new meaning. Whether you are in the market for a new car or not, knowing your vehicle's safety rating is important. Take for instance the Hyundai Genesis, which was given the highest 2014 safety rating from the insurance institute for highway safety (IIHS) when equipped with automatic emergency braking. It's the first rear-wheel luxury sedan to earn the honor. The Elantra and Sonata also received top safety pick honors, ensuring you have options when it comes to making the right choice. So what do you need to look for when choosing the right car? Here are some tips from the IIHS:Vehicle size and weight matter. Smaller, lighter vehicles generally offer less protection than larger, heavier ones. There is less structure to absorb crash energy, so deaths and injuries are more likely. People in lighter vehicles also experience higher crash forces when struck by heavier vehicles. If safety is a major consideration, pass up very small, light vehicles.A crashworthy design reduces death and injury risk. Structure and restraints help determine crashworthiness. Good structure means a strong occupant compartment, crumple zones to absorb the force of a serious crash, side structure to manage the force of a striking vehicle or struck object and a strong roof that won't collapse in a rollover. Safety belts keep people in their seats and spread crash forces across the upper body's stronger bony parts. Airbags protect people from hitting things inside the vehicle or objects outside it.It's also important to research the car's crash test ratings and evaluate crash avoidance technologies. Systems like front crash prevention and adaptive headlights can make all the difference when you need it most. Stop by your neighborhood Hyundai location and test drive one of our models. Take a look at our ratings and then you'll know there's safety in numbers.

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