Lexus 2010 HS 250h Receives Five Star Rating for Crash Tests
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan 6, 2010) - The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Lexus 2010 HS 250h, the
world's first dedicated luxury hybrid, a rating of five out of five
stars for both front impact for the driver and right front passenger
positions and side impact for the driver and left rear passenger
The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), a consumer information
program created by NHTSA, rates vehicles to determine crash and
rollover safety. The crash test ratings are gathered during controlled
crash and rollover tests conducted at the NHTSA research facilities.
The announcement was released on the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov
According to Lexus, the body structure of the HS 250h plays a key
role in the fundamental safety characteristics. To help protect the
driver and passengers, the body is designed to be strong but
strategically resilient to help absorb and distribute energy in the
event of a crash. High tension steel components are carefully located
in the body structure, doors and other areas to help ensure strength in
Also incorporated is a standard class-leading 10-airbag
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with dual-stage front airbags and
knee airbags for driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, and
both front and rear seat-mounted side airbags to help protect front and
rear passengers in certain types of severe frontal or side collisions.
The front passengerâ€™s twin-chamber airbag helps disperse the forces
applied to the passenger immediately after deployment. Additionally,
front and outer rear seatbelts incorporate pretensioners with
force-limiters to help protect occupants in the event of certain severe
frontal collisions. Active front headrests are also standard.
The HS 250h, which went on sale in August 2009, has an impressive
187 total system horsepower and has achieved EPA estimated fuel economy
ratings of 35 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway for a combined 35 mpg
utilizing regular 87-octane gasoline - an 80 percent better city mpg
rating compared to the average near luxury car.
Credit: Lexus USA