The 2011 Kia Optima continues to be recognized for its safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had given it the “Top Safety Pick” rating and recently, it received an overall five-star crash safety rating, after getting top scores in each of the overall ratings categories in the latest crash tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's NHTSA.
The midsize sedan features various standard safety features, including six airbags (dual advanced front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain), front active headrests, side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
It also offers four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), ESC, a Traction Control System (TCS), a Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) as standard. Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), said that 2011 Optima features some of Kia's most advanced safety technologies with stunning style, performance and comfort.
He also said the vehicle offers high value and peace-of-mind. The Optima is the first Korean-built vehicle to get a five-star crash safety rating under NHTSA's new, stricter guidelines, creating a new benchmark in the segment.