5-Star Safety Rating Awarded to GM Trucks


Detroit Free Press

For the first time any pickup truck has been awarded a NHTSA 5-star rating government safety rating, General Motors Co. picks up two of them sharing the same platform and components.

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The Detroit Three’s pickup truck battle intensified as General Motors paraded its freshly minted five-star government safety rating for the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

The vehicles, which share the same platform and components, earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety.

The rating, the highest possible score, marks the first time any pickups have achieved that feat since the regulatory group updated its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. The Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 pickups both received four star ratings.

The rating, which also applies to the premium Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali models, gives GM bragging rights in a pickup truck battle that is heating up as customers flock to the showroom.

“Safety is as important to truck buyers as it is to car buyers,” said Gay Kent, GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, in a statement. “Silverado and Sierra set a benchmark for pickup truck safety by offering a full array of advanced features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a collision.”

The pickups use high-strength steel, fully boxed frames and technology such as lane departure warning, forward collision alert and rear vision cameras to keep drivers safe.

GM redesigned its full-size pickups for the first time in seven years, giving the Detroit-based automaker fresh firepower in a fierce competition with Ford, Chrysler and Toyota.