The IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, Joe Nolan explained that the outstanding performance of the Chevrolet Volt puts it at the top among the safest small cars. He also praised GM for coming up with such a strong small car, which was designed even before the crash tests were introduced. The Volt managed to secure the highest, ‘good’ rating in four out of the six IIHS tests. In the remaining two Structure category and the Restraints and Kinematics tests, the car earned a decent ‘acceptable’ rating.
The vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety explained how the company aims to keep up with the solid safety standards. He added that achieving the highest safety ratings in the IIHS tests is also highly valued by the customers. The overlap front crash test was introduced in 2012 and it simulates a collision with an object, like a tree, on the front corners of the vehicle at 40mph. This way, the front bumpers are avoided so that the energy from the impact is equally distributed throughout the car. According to the IIHS, the overlap front crash test is still considered one of the most challenging tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS.