FRANKLIN, Tenn. – INFINITI today announced that the 2013 INFINITI M luxury sedan has been awarded a 5-Star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 5-Star Safety Ratings System is designed to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. Five stars is the highest possible rating. NHTSA is the only organization that rates rollover resistance.
"INFINITI's Inspired Performance encompasses the total design of our vehicles, including our goal to provide a secure, confidence-inspiring environment for driver and passengers. The NHTSA 5-Star NCAP rating is an important third-party validation of these efforts," said INFINITI Americas Vice President Ben Poore. "We're also proud of INFINITI's ongoing industry leadership in advanced safety technologies such as Blind Spot Intervention®, Lane Departure Prevention, Forward Collision Warning and the new Backup Collision Intervention that was just introduced on the all-new INFINITI JX luxury crossover."
All 2013 INFINITI M models come equipped with standard INFINITI Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
The INFINITI M also includes standard 3-point seat belts with Automatic Locking Retractor and Emergency Locking Retractor (driver's seat only), front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints with 4-way manual adjustments, along with Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children).
2013 INFINITI M Safety and Security Features
The 2013 INFINITI M is available with a number of innovative technologies, including INFINITI's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure with a visual display and audible buzzer. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver with a gentle application of the brakes.
Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI®) systems, which are available as part of the Technology Package. BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. BSI® is another world-first safety feature from INFINITI and takes blind spot technology to the next level. If the vehicle gets close to the lane marker and another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, the indicator flashes, an audible warning sounds, and selective braking is applied to one side of the vehicle to help the driver bring the vehicle back to the center of the driving lane. BSI® operates regardless of turn signal usage. Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.
INFINITI also developed Snug Kids®, an industry-first program geared specifically toward safety for children in child restraints. INFINITI safety engineers spent thousands of hours evaluating hundreds of child restraints by installing them in all the rear seats of current INFINITI vehicles. The result is the Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guide, which helps parents confidently select a child restraint that fits their vehicle while also providing valuable tips on the proper fit of a child restraint. The Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guides for all INFINITI vehicles are available at INFINITIUSA.com.
The 2013 INFINITI M lineup includes the INFINITI M56 and M37 luxury sedans and INFINITI M Hybrid. Every 2013 INFINITI vehicle also comes with INFINITI Personal Assistant™, a unique personal concierge service providing owners with 24-hour access to live assistants no matter where they are.
INFINITI offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, INFINITI M sedan, EX and FX crossovers, the QX full-size SUV and the all-new INFINITI JX luxury crossover. More information about INFINITI and its Total Ownership Experience® can be found at www.INFINITIUSA.com.
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Kyle Bazemore, INFINITI Product Communications