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.