No crash-test results are available from either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L's superior safety equipment and technology bode well.
According to ForbesAutos, the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L may be indicative of the inevitable autonomous automobile of "the future that will do the driving for humans who'd rather be on the phone or reading e-mails while they 'drive.'"
"Adding to the wiz-bang technology credentials" of the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L "is the newly-developed Lexus Advanced Pre-Collision System, or APCS," in which a sophisticated system of cameras in the Lexus 2009 LS 600h L monitors both road and driver, says an enthusiastic Autoblog reviewer. What happens is a marvel of safety technology: "If the potential for a collision exists and the driver is not paying attention, an audible and visual alarm is activated. If no action is taken, the system will then begin to apply the vehicle's brakes. Additionally, the variable steering ratio is automatically quickened to improve the vehicle's response to evasive maneuvers."
Edmunds reports that the 2009 Lexus comes equipped with the usual safety equipment, including "traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags," as well as "optional rear bags.” ConsumerGuide reports that in the 2009 Lexus hybrid, "visibility is fine all around."