2011 Chevrolet Cruze Receives Five-Star NHTSA Rating

Chevrolet Cruze has recently been awarded with a five-start overall safety score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), thus becoming one of the first vehicles in its class to be tested under the revised New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for 2011 model year. The car scored five stars in each of the individual crash impact conditions which brought it an overall safety rating of five stars, the maximum number of points in the program.

“Cruze has achieved five-star crash safety scores everywhere it is rated in the world. This is the direct result of our global engineering team’s focused effort,” said Jeff Boyer, General Motors’ executive director of vehicle safety. “These safety ratings reflect the confidence we have in Cruze’s state-of-the-art safety technologies and overall crashworthiness.”

In addition, the new Cruze has also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick, after scoring Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“The new Cruze was clearly engineered from the ground up to meet the highest standards in safety performance,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund. “The Top Safety Pick award means that buyers of the Cruze will know they’re getting state-of-the-art protection in the most common kinds of crashes.”

The Cruze is offered with multiple safety features as standard, including the following:

  • 10 air bags including front knee air bags – a first for the segment
  • Front passenger seat occupant sensing system
  • Panic Brake Assist and Enhanced Smart Pedal
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Rollover sensing technology that enables timely head curtain side air bag deployment
  • Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions
  • Safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver and front-passenger positions
  • Safety belt load limiters (with pretensioners) in the front safety belt retractors
  • Child seat latching system in the rear seat
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Daytime running lamps and automatic headlamps
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