How 2012 Chevy Sonic Keeps Driver, Passengers Alive in Accidents

By Joel Arellano | August 29, 2011
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, which replaces the outgoing Chevy Aveo subcompact, possesses a plethora of safety features for the skeptical American who continues to equate "small" with "unsafe." The 2012 Chevy Sonic utilizes two strategies to maximize occupant safety. The first is the use of high strength and ultra-high strength steel in various parts of the compact's frame. According to General Motors, 60 percent of the Sonic's body structure, like the frame rails and safety cage, and the engine cradle are composed of the high-strength steel while ultra-high strength steel makes up parts like the vehicle's rockers and center cross bar. The reinforced 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's roof can withstand up to four times the vehicle's weight before collapsing in the event of a rollover. Ten air bags make up the Chevy Sonic's second safety feature. Sensors built into the car determine the direction and severity of impacts and employ the air bags appropriately. If the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is involved in a rollover, for example, the roof-rail mounted head curtain airbags stay inflated longer to protect occupants and prevent them from being ejected from the vehicles. According to Chevrolet, the 2012 Chevy Sonic comes equipped with passenger-side knee airbag, exclusive in this car segment.
Check out the video of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's safety features in action below. Source: General Motor / Chevrolet

Now that sounds pretty safe! Thanks for sharing. I was just reading a Sonic review on the Johnny Londoff Chevrolet blog and was specifically wondering about the safety.