The 2008 Hyundai Accent performs well in federal crash tests but less well in private industry-sponsored tests. The four-door version has been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the three-door has not.
Edmunds sums up reviewer sentiments by saying, "the 2008 Hyundai Accent sedan scored a perfect five stars for front occupant protection," but "didn't fare as well in the side-impact category," with four stars for driver-side impacts and three stars for passenger-side impacts. Still, ConsumerGuide notes that the Hyundai Accent "one-ups most subcompact rivals" in terms of safety.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also tested the Accent; Hyundai may have reason for concern. Frontal crash protection is rated "acceptable," while side impact protection is deemed "poor."
Cars.com lists "seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags" as "standard across all trim levels" of the 2008 Hyundai Accent. Edmunds calls this "unusual for a vehicle in this segment," lending further proof that Hyundai has taken considerable measures to beef up safety.
According to Cars.com, among other standard equipment found on the Accent, Hyundai includes "adjustable head restraints," as well as "front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters."
Safety upgrades are few and far between for the Accent. Hyundai, ConsumerGuide notes, offers "anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes" for the GLS model and makes it standard on the SE hatchback, but unavailable on the GS.