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a barrage of airbags
Car and Driver
a total of ten airbags
Experts at TheCarConnection.com note that while the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser has not been safety-tested, it does provide a bevy of great safety features.
Active headrests for front-seat occupants, tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes, stability and active traction control, brake assist, and Toyota's VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) round out the list of features that keep the Land Cruiser safe and secure. "As one might expect," says Car and Driver, "the new Cruiser is replete with safety equipment including a barrage of airbags." That's 10 airbags, to be exact, including knee airbags for both front occupants, two rows of side impact airbags, and three-row curtain airbags.
A stiffened frame that enhances crashworthiness, says Edmunds, provides a foundation for many safety items. Toyota's optional precollision system, "which cinches the front seatbelts when the various electronic sensors detect skidding or sudden hard braking," adds yet another layer of safety to the Cruiser should it be involved in a mishap.
All SUVs, with their inherent higher center of gravity, are more prone to rollovers than cars, but the Land Cruiser's stability control mitigates this tendency considerably.
The 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn't been safety-tested, but it has all the crash-avoidance and passenger-protection bells and whistles one expects.