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‘Black box’ in Tiger Woods Genesis GV80 SUV could reveal crash details

If you own a car made this century, chances are it has a type of black-box recorder that documents what happened in the event of a collision.

The device, known in the automotive industry as an event data recorder, is what authorities could tap as they investigate the nature of Tiger Woods’ horrifying crash Tuesday.

Woods was driving a Genesis GV80 luxury SUV when he careened off the road in a rollover accident that resulted in serious leg injuries for the golf legend. The reasons behind the crash remain unknown, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a traffic investigation could take days or weeks. 

Wednesday in a Facebook Live briefing, Villanueva said the department is not considering charges against Woods.

Was Tiger Woods’ SUV safe?:Genesis GV80 involved in car accident calls attention to brand

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Was Tiger Woods’ SUV safe? Genesis GV80 involved in car accident calls attention to brand

Are Genesis cars and SUVs safe?

After Tiger Woods crashed a Genesis GV80 SUV in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, causing devastating leg injuries, the safety of the little-known luxury brand made by Korean automaker Hyundai was thrust into the spotlight.

On social media, some people speculated that the SUV’s safety features may have saved the golf legend’s life, given that authorities said he was traveling at a high speed. Others questioned whether the vehicle should have done a better job of protecting Woods.

Independent assessments of Genesis vehicles have given them high marks for safety.

“Genesis vehicles, as well as other models from its parent company Hyundai Motor Group, have generally performed quite well in our safety tests, which include crashworthiness, crash avoidance and headlight evaluations,” Joseph Young, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said in an email.

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