After being awarded as a Top Safety Pick by IIHS, now NHTSA also awards the Chevrolet Volt with Five-star safety rating. In brief, it is a very safe vehicle!
The Volt becomes the first electric vehicle to pass all the new, stricter NHTSA’s rules of assessment. Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star safety ratings program that provide more comprehensive information about safety performance and crash-avoidance technologies. Changes include a new side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.
Safety features on the Volt include:
- GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
- Front-, side- , knee- air bags as well as roof-mounted head-curtain air bags that help protect occupants in a side or rollover crash
- Optional rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen
- Five-year subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections Plan including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation