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Tiger Woods saved by seat belt, Genesis GV80’s air bags during car crash in Los Angeles, California?

The luxury sports utility vehicle Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, 45, was driving on February 23, 2021 was a 2021 Hyundai Genesis (GV80). That day, the golf legend survived a single vehicle rollover collision near the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez was one of the first emergency personnel members to arrive on the scene. The said the SUV Woods was driving was totally destroyed in the front end but its interior was more or less intact.

The 2021 Genesis GV80 “crossed the center divider to the point that it rested several hundred feet away so obviously that indicates they were going at a relatively, a greater speed than normal,” Fox News quoted Gonzalez as saying. “However, because it is downhill, it slopes and it also curves.”

“That area has a high frequency of accidents,” Gonzalez continued. “It’s not uncommon.”


A resident of Jupiter Island, Florida, USA, Woods recently hosted the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational, which ended on February 21, 2021, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The 2021 Genesis GV80 was loaned to him for the duration of his stay in Los Angeles.

While on the way to a television shoot, Woods was approaching a curve when he lost control of the SUV, which hit a tree before rolling multiple times. Authorities believe that he was saved by his decision to wear a seat belt and the 10 airbags inside the vehicle that gave him life-saving protection.

“We developed GV80 by looking inward and asking ourselves how Genesis brand DNA could differentiate our very first SUV and I’m overwhelmed by what the Design, Engineering and Development teams have accomplished,” Genesis Motor North America chief executive officer Mark del Rosso stated. “It’s proof that we infuse the spirit of youth and wonder into everything we do.”


Woods underwent surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Los Angeles County. It was the 10th surgery for the 2019 Masters Tournament champion.

For several years, Woods suffered neck, back and knee problems. On December 23, 2020, he had a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve pain in his lower back, which marked the fourth time he had the procedure.

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