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Lexus Straight Talk about Safety

Lexus Magazine has an interview with Charles Hubbard & Paul Williamsen of Lexus College, the company’s technical training center, about the various safety systems that Lexus uses in their vehicles. It’s just a quick overview, but I thought this question says it all:

LEXUS: First of all, we can’t have a discussion about safety without touching on the recent Toyota recalls. What’s the first thing you’d tell concerned Lexus drivers?

CHARLES HUBBARD: Here’s what I would tell anyone with concerns: My family drives both Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and my friends do as well. And I personally feel very secure in knowing this.

PAUL WILLIAMSEN: Absolutely. I think Charles expressed it well. I encourage my parents and in-laws and kids to drive these vehicles. That’s as comfortable as you can be.

The progression of safety systems, even over the last few years, is just astounding. As this interview points out, there’s new technologies like the Driver Attention Monitor and the Lane Departure system that play a much more active role in keeping owners safe.

You can read the full interview over at Lexus Magazine.

  • J
  • May 14, 2010
While I am an advid fan of Lexus I cant help but think about a few things after reading that article. for 1, Hubbard states that Lexus goes above and beyond the safety requirements. While it wasnt required to have active head restraints, that didnt start emplementing those until the last year. Other luxury car makers were already using those in the early 2000s. Also in the US, we didnt get side mirror turn signals unles 2008!
  • L
  • May 18, 2010
@Josh: actually, Lexus came out with active head restraints in 2007, with the launch of the new LX570. I agree that Lexus is slow to add new features in their vehicles, but mostly with Luxury features, not safety features. Lexus had backup cameras early on, and their seatbelt system, with pre-tension limiters are STILL the best in the business. They also offered knee airbags in 2003 in the 2nd generation RX's. The Pre-Collision system has been around for many years and most Lexus cars have the MOST standard airbags in their respective classes.