Hyundai has always been committed to safety. Equus steps up this tradition with nine airbags, reinforced unibody construction and an entire Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM) 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.
An advanced high-strength 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, handling and increased safety.
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 System (LDWS). 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 the Lane Departure Warning System.
SCC detects 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 without the driver having to apply the brakes. The Equus will then automatically begin to start moving again, if the vehicle ahead starts moving forward within three seconds.
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.
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.
Emergency braking maneuvers can cause a vehicle’s wheels to lock up and skid, resulting in a loss of steering control exactly when you need it most. ABS helps prevent the possibility of wheel lockup under braking, and rapidly pulses the brakes to help you retain steering control as you come to a stop.
EBD balances braking forces at each wheel when the car is dynamically loaded. This helps the driver maintain confident control in difficult braking situations.