America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just done testing the 2011 Buick LaCrosse and awarded it with five stars, maximum score.
Thanks to its extensive range of active and passive safety features, the new LaCrosse received five-star ratings for both the Overall Frontal Crash and Overall Side Crash in NHTSA’s rigorous crash tests.
One of the most innovative features of the car is the dynamic locking latchplate, which is part of the front safety belt system. It locks under dynamic crash loading to help securely restrain the occupant’s pelvis, and it works in concert with the safety belt load limiting feature to control loads on the occupant’s upper torso.
The LaCrosse offers these safety features:
- Intelligent technologies delivering a “360-degree” field of vision behind the steering wheel for a greater feeling of comfort, control and safety
- Side blind zone alert technology notifying the driver if a vehicle in adjacent lanes is traveling in the driver’s blind spot
- Rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen
- Front- and side-impact air bags as well as roof-mounted head-curtain air bags that help protect occupants in the event of a rollover crash
- An advanced front-seat safety belt system including a dynamic locking latchplate, dual pretensioners that help tighten the safety belt for earlier restraint of the occupant during the onset of moderate to severe crashes; and load limiters that help limit the forces on the occupant to help reduce the risk of injury
- GM’s StabiliTrak stability- and traction-control system
- OnStar (included for the first year of ownership)