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November 1, 2019 by Brett Peters

Kia Safety Information

Safety is a massive part of every single person’s day to day life. Safety measures are taken everywhere you look from the traffic lights on the road to the occupancy limit at a restaurant. You take precautions to make sure your home and your children are safe, so the same should be said of your vehicle. You want to feel safe and secure when you are driving. Because you end up spending so much time in a car, Kia has come up with some great features in their different models that can help you have peace of mind when you are driving.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS has been handing out the Top Safety Pick since 2006 and the Top Safety Pick + since 2013. These awards are handed out to the vehicles within their size categories that complete the following criteria in the given year. The following is the criteria for 2019 IIHS Safety picks:

2017 Top Safety Pick

Top Safety Pick + Award:

  •         Good rating in the driver-side, and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front,  side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
  •         Advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
  •        Good headlight rating.

2019 Top Safety Pick

Top Safety Pick Award:

  •         Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
  •         Acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.
  •         Advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
  •         Acceptable or good headlight rating

So far, the 2019 Kia models that have won the Top Safety Pick + are the 2019 Kia Sorento, Stinger, Optima, Forte, Niro, and the 2020 Kia Soul. The 2019 Kia models that have won the Top Safety Pick are the 2019 Kia Rio, Soul, Cadenza, and the 2020 Kia Telluride. Kia has been winning this award for many years, and 2020 will be no different.

Every Kia on our site has a complete list that shows you the safety features that are in that model. When you go to a specific vehicle and scroll down, you will see the information below with all the safety features listed.

Kia Safety Features

You can check out the different models here.

All the Kia models come with standard safety features that are listed below:

  •         Side Impact Beams
  •         Dual Stage Driver & Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Front Airbags, Driver Knee Airbag, and Curtain Airbags
    • The airbags will deploy upon impact to protect you from the collision
  •         Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • This is an active protection system that monitors the air pressure inside the tire and will alert you with an icon on your dash if the tire is under-inflated.
  •         Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • This sensor will come one when someone is occupying the front seats.
  •         Outboard Front Lap & Shoulder Belts & Pretension-er
    •  Seat belts and Pretension-er will hold the occupant in place and will help with impact if in a crash and will then allow the occupant to come into contact with the airbag in a controlled manner.

These safety features are standard in all Kia models and trim levels. Kia vehicles are also made with ultra-high tensile steel. This is about 30% of the vehicle’s weight and pertains to the vehicle’s crash safety and styling The Kia vehicles are made with the ultra-high tensile steel the car tends to be lighter while increasing their rigidity, which in turn results in better crash safety and full efficiency.

As you move up to the different trim levels, there are more features that are available so you can relax when you are driving, keep your mind at ease and help you to keep your eyes on the road.

The following are safety features that will keep you at ease when you are driving. Many of these come with the higher trim levels:

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and Surround View Monitor: Rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist will monitor cross traffic when you are backing up. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. It will also give you a visual using your backup camera, as well as an audible sound when traffic is about to pass your vehicle. The surround-view monitor will display a birds-eye view of everything surrounding your vehicle. This is very helpful when you are trying to parallel park or get out of a tough spot in a tight parking lot.

Backing Up

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist: These features work hand in hand and make sure that you are staying in line with the road. Lane departure warning monitors the lines that your vehicle is in between and will make an audible warning when you veer out of the lane. Lane-keeping assist might apply corrective steering if you were to start deviating out of your lane. These features will keep you mindful of your lane, so you do not begin to veer when a car is next to you.

Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Blind Spot View Monitor: These features make life easier when you are driving. Blindspot collision avoidance lets you know if someone is in your blind spot when you are moving from lane to lane. This feature is excellent for those motorcyclists that come out of nowhere when you are trying to get into a new lane. Blindspot view monitor uses a camera under your side mirrors to see certain angles when you turn on your blinker, so you do not miss a thing.

Smart Cruise Control With Stop & Go and Highway Driving Assist: With smart cruise control, after you set your speed, the radar system will monitor and maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This keeps you from having to brake every time you come upon someone. With highway driving assist, when the speed information is given, this feature can adjust the vehicle’s speed to match the person ahead. This feature can also change your speed as the speed limits change. This is a great feature to have when you have a long commute and will keep you from hitting the person in front of you or allow you time to get over when someone is in front of you.

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision-Avoidance and Forward Collision Warning: These two features are helpful when you are driving in the proximity of other drivers. Forward collision avoidance will independently brake to help prevent or lessen the potential effects of a frontal collision by detecting the cars in front. Forward collision warning is a radar detector that monitors the vehicles in front and makes an audible warning when there is a potential collision. This safety feature will help you when you are in that end of the day rush hour that consists of stop and go traffic.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are technically not safety features, but they keep you from taking your eyes and hands off the road. You can use your phone to listen to your newest music, talk on the phone, navigate through traffic, send text messages via talk to text, and so much more with the touch of a finger. Being able to have your phone connected to your car allows you to stay focused on your main priority getting from point A to point B with no distractions.

Apple Car Play

Maintenance is another crucial safety aspect of your car. If you are not following along with your maintenance schedule, this can cause issues with the mechanical workings of your vehicle, which in turn can lead to a break down on the side of the road or worse a collision. You can check out our maintenance blog post here

Check out our Icon’s on Dash blog post to know what each light on your dash means. These lights are a warning to let you know something is wrong with your vehicle, and you need to get it checked out right away. The icons will keep you safe and keep you from spending thousands in repairs on your car. Check the post out here.

Weather conditions are also a significant safety aspect when driving. You need to make sure you are aware of road conditions before driving. If it is raining, you need to watch out, so you do not hydroplane, and if there is snow on the ground, there is potential for ice, which can cause sliding. The safety features within your vehicle are a major part of keeping you safe, but taking the time to know the weather conditions will help you, as well.


There are approximately 1.25 million deaths a year because of road collisions. You can keep yourself and your loved one safe by following the road signs, watching the weather conditions, and using the safety features that are in your vehicle. Kia works tirelessly to make sure that you are as safe as possible on the road and will keep working to make the next model even better than the last.

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