2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Earn Five-Star Crash Ratings from NHTSA
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab both earned overall five star crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both pickup trucks received five stars in frontal crashes, five stars in side crashes, and four stars in rollovers. GM’s new trucks are rated higher than the Ford F-150, which scored an overall four stars in testing. The Ram 1500 also picked up a four-star rating from NHTSA. Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, points to the vehicle’s structural makeup for the high marks. “We’ve designed the vehicle structure, strategically placed high-strength steel and developed the occupant restraint system to achieve high levels of safety performance,” he said in a recent statement.The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra come equipped with technologies recommended by the NHTSA, including lane departure warning and forward collision warning. Other safety features include rearview camera, lap belt pretensioners, 360-degree sensor system, six standard air bags, and seats that vibrate to warn the driver of potential road dangers. Despite the good news, GM’s heavy duty line of pickups did not score the same top ratings. In fact, some Silverado 2500HD pickups received ratings as low as two stars. Source: General Motors, NHTSA
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