Crash Tested: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Earn Five Stars from NHTSA
Today, General Motors announced that both of its full-size light-duty pick-up trucks, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, earned a five star rating after going through the government's crash testing procedures. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration only tested crew cab models of both the Silverado and Sierra because General Motors expects that configuration to account for 60 percent of all 2014 light-duty truck sales. Both the Silverado and Sierra offer fully boxed frames, high-strength steel, and a wide variety of safety features. All of which helped both the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra cruise through the NHTSA's crash testing procedures. Optional safety features like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Safety Alert Seat are all available on both the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The Safety Alert Seat is new for the 2014 model year and warns the driver of potential road hazards through directional vibration pulses that originate in the seat cushion. Forward Collision Alert warns the driver through audio and visual cues when the truck is closing in on a vehicle up ahead too quickly. Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver when the truck drifts from the lane while traveling at least 35 mph without the use of a turning signal. Then there's a rear vision camera with Dynamic Guidelines, which helps the driver see objects directly behind the truck while in reverse. Lap belt pretensioners in the front-seat outboard safety belts are new for the 2014 model year on both the Silverado and Sierra and are standard as well. Other standard features on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra include six air bags and a 360 degree sensor system, which includes dual-stage frontal air bags, head-curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection, and seat-mounted side-impact air bags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes help bring both of GM's full-size pickups to a controlled halt and a trailer-sway control, paired with StabiliTrak, help keep a trailer under your thumb when towing. As is the case with all GM vehicles, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are available with OnStar, the onboard system that employs GPS in the event of an accident. Check out the video of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado going through the crash test paces below. Source: General Motors
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