Buick LaCrosse Gets 5 Star NHTSA Rating

Today American manufacturer GM added another vehicle to the lineup of cars that have earned the safety recognition from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after the 2011 Buick LaCrosse received the five-star overall safety rating following the crash tests the model was subjected to.

The five-star rating given to the model comes after the car managed to pass with flying colors the more stringent requirements set in place by the NHTSA for 2011. The LaCrosse received five stars in both the Overall Frontal Crash and Overall Side Crash.

“Car buyers today want the peace of mind that comes with buying a vehicle they know will help protect their family,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. “This five-star overall vehicle score for safety shows Buick can equip an affordable luxury midsize sedan with top safety features.”

The Buick model is packed with safety features, expanding far beyond the reach of standard equipment like ABS or airbags. Below is a list of those 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
  • 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 
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