Hyundai has always been committed to safety. Equus steps up this tradition with nine airbags, reinforced unibody construction and an entire Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system tasked with making sure all active and passive safety features work optimally.
Equus has more standard airbags than the Lexus LS 460 or the BMW 750i*. Nine total. Two advanced dual front airbags; a driver’s knee airbag; two front and two rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags; and two roof-mounted side-curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat passengers.
*Comparisons based 2014/2015 models on manufacturer's websites.
An advanced steel unibody with energy-dispersing crumple zones forms the core of the Equus passive-safety system. The reinforced steel frame enhances safety and handling by creating a more rigid and lightweight body structure. Crash-durable adhesives in critical areas increase dynamic torsional rigidity, enabling better ride and handling.
VSM optimizes the function of all active and passive safety features. VSM incorporates Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and a Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The comprehensive Vehicle Stability Management system links and prepares all safety systems in potential collision situations. This fully integrated system also incorporates the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), seatbelt tensioning system, instrument panel warning lights and alerts for Lane Departure Warning.
Lane Departure Warning is designed to alert drivers of unintended lane changes. Audible, visual and haptic warnings are triggered to restore the driver's attention in cases where the car drifts or changes lanes without using a turn signal.
Lane Departure Warning is designed to notify the driver if the vehicle is leaving the lane of travel by shaking the steering wheel and flashing a display signal. It is a supplemental assist, and does not replace the need for extreme care and attention by the driver.
Lane Departure Warning will not work under all circumstances. It functions when it is able to detect painted lane markings. It cannot function if the lane markings cannot be seen clearly if the lines are faded, or during dusk without headlamps on, with snow, rain, sleet, dust, leaves or standing water on road, sudden changes in brightness such as shadows, tunnel exits/entrances, low sunlight angle causing reflections, multiple lane markings or criss-crossed lines, tar crack sealer and cracked or broken road surfaces. It also may not function on very rough roads, when walls, curbs or concrete barriers are close by, or if following another car too closely. Since it “sees” the lane markings using a camera in the upper windshield area, it is imperative this area be clear and free of blockage such as stickers, dirt, snow, tinting material, markings and labels. Avoid putting objects on the dashboard that may reflect light or images onto the system camera area.
SCC is designed to detect vehicles within a driver-specified distance, and automatically maintains a consistent following distance. Operating like your normal cruise control when no other vehicles are near, radar judges the distance and speed of vehicles in front of you, and accelerates or brakes to help maintain a driver-selectable distance. With stop/start functionality, when the vehicle ahead of you comes to a complete stop the Equus will automatically come to a full stop. The Equus will then automatically begin to start moving again, if the vehicle ahead starts moving forward within three seconds.
Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is not a collision avoidance or warning device. SCC is for highway use only and should not be used in poor weather, heavy or varying traffic, or on winding or slippery roads. Driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision. Refer to your Owner’s Manual for more details.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis estimates that passenger cars equipped with ESC may experience 35% fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30% fewer single-vehicle fatalities.* ESC sensors measure the difference between a driver’s intended path—when a turn is less or more than intended—and applies appropriate brake-force to individual wheels to help regain control. ESC also includes Traction Control System (TCS), which reduces wheelspin when accelerating.
Stop playing hide-and-seek on the highway. Expand your awareness with this essential safety technology that detects vehicles traveling in your blind spot. When an obstruction is detected, this system delivers an audible and visual warning so that you’re more fully informed about where other vehicles on the road are hiding.
Blind Spot Detection assists the driver by warning of other cars in the blind spot region. It senses the rear side territory of the vehicle when it is traveling over 20 mph. There are limitations to the function, range, detection and clarity of the system. It will not detect all vehicles or objects in the blind spot. Its operation depends on the size, distance, angle and relative speed difference between your car and other cars. Blind Spot Detection may not operate if sensors are obscured in any way. Do not rely exclusively on Blind Spot Detection. Blind Spot Detection is a supplemental system and the driver must still be attentive and exercise caution when driving with it. It is important to always signal, look over your shoulder and through your mirrors before changing lanes. It is the driver’s responsibility to be aware of the surroundings and ensure it is clear before changing lanes or directions. Blind Spot Detection is only meant to assist the driver in these responsibilities.
By reducing wheelspin in various adverse traction conditions, including inclement weather, Traction Control gives more stable and predictable acceleration characteristics for a more confident, controlled driving experience.
EBD balances braking forces at each wheel when the car is dynamically loaded. This helps the driver maintain confident control in difficult braking situations. In emergency braking situations, many drivers may not apply sufficient braking force to achieve the shortest possible stopping distance. Brake Assist helps detect emergency braking and ensures the maximum braking force is immediately applied to minimize stopping distances.