The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has earned a 5-star overall vehicle score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. The Volt is the first electric vehicle to do so; NHTSA has not yet tested the Nissan LEAF.
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;
- Optional rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen; and
- Five-year subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections Plan including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation.
|Volt 20MPH Side Pole Impact.|
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.