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 |  May 01 2011, 8:58 PM

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The roads just got a little safer, because the Hyundai Equus just earned a 2011 Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Earning top ratings from the IIHS’s evaluation, the luxury sedan scored good for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and it also has electronic stability control (another requirement to winning the award). It also passed the roof strength test for rollover protection – it withstood a force equal to 4.87 times the car’s weight. To earn a good rating for the IIHS’s roof strength test, vehicles must have a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher (in comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight).

GALLERY: Hyundai Equus

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[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]