Las Vegas family knows first-hand the safety of Hyundai

Jack and Christa Harbour have owned five Hyundais since 2007. They can speak first-hand about the safety of the vehicle, which has been hailed for its vehicle construction numerous times.

Now the owners of a 2011 Santa Fe SUV purchased from Planet Hyundai, the Harbours lived to tell about the construction of a Hyundai.

On Sept. 23, Jack Harbour was headed back to his home after picking up his mother, Joan, when he ran into the back of a vehicle that was stuck in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 95 after a serious accident.

The impact left Harbour's Hyundai Entourage van upside down on the busy roadway. However, he was able to climb out of the van before getting his mother out in what many have called a true testament to the safety of Hyundai vehicles.

The accident was so severe that it was the lead story on local television stations.

"Many people have told us that they are amazed that we got out of the accident alive," said Jack Harbour, a 38- year-old businessman . "In fact, two of my mom's doctors said we should have been killed."

With no questions about the safety of Hyundais, especially after what they experienced, the Harbours immediately headed for Planet Hyundai for their fifth vehicle from the automaker.

"We knew about the stability of Hyundai," Harbour said. "Hyundai also has a good warranty and the safety ratings speak for themselves."

"I really like my Santa Fe," he said. "It drives very well and gets good gas mileage. I was surprised by the gas mileage considering the size of the Santa Fe."

The Santa Fe has a four-cylinder engine and gets from 26-30 miles per gallon.

The vehicle's safety package includes ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist, Downhill Brake Control, Electronic Stability Control, six standard air bags and active front head restraints.

"We have already driven to California with the Santa Fe," he said. "I was kind of wondering about the power, but it was just fine. The car didn't even breathe hard as I was trying to keep up with the traffic on I-15."

Harbour also praised the interior of the Santa Fe.

"It's really nice," he said. "The car has some of the little things that you appreciate. It has rear vents for the rear passenger and the rear seat even reclines, which is something you simply don't see in many vehicles today."

Hyundai vehicles come equipped with a long line of amenities along with the 10-year, 100,000-mile drive train warranty, and the five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Planet Hyundai's Southern Nevada operations include Planet Hyundai Centennial at 6200 Centennial Center Blvd. in the northwest valley and Planet Hyundai Sahara at 7150 W. Sahara Ave. just west of Rainbow Boulevard.

Further information can be found by calling 938-1400 (Sahara) or 702-483-2200 (Centennial) or by visiting