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Volt Draws NHTSA Five-Star Overall Safety Rating

June 07, 2011

DETROIT – General Motors said its 2011 Chevrolet Volt is the first electric vehicle to earn a five-star overall score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

The Volt undergoes a 35 mph front-impact crash test.
The Volt undergoes a 35 mph front-impact crash test.

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star safety ratings program. 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.   

The Volt was also named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earlier this year.

Volt safety features include:

  • GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Front, side and knee air bags and roof-mounted head-curtain air bags
  • Optional rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system’s screen
  • Five-year subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections Plan including automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation.

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