2014 Chevrolet Spark Named a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick
First and usually minicar on list extensively uses high-strength steels
DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a Top Safety Pick in a initial year of eligibility, and is a usually automobile in a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety minicar shred to acquire a rating in 2014 indication year testing.
Spark achieved top probable “good” scores in a IIHS’s assuage overlie front, side, roof strength and conduct restraints tests, and scored an “acceptable” in IIHS’s new tiny overlie test, designed to replicate what happens when a front dilemma of a automobile strikes another automobile or an intent like a tree or a application pole.
“Spark’s considerable opening in IIHS’s many difficult exam nonetheless demonstrates a complete efforts of a tellurian reserve group to broach large reserve in a tiny package,” pronounced Gay Kent, General Motors ubiquitous executive of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Spark’s reserve structure creates endless use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and a strong newcomer insurance package includes 10 customary atmosphere bags.”
Minicars benefaction singular hurdles when conceptualizing for crashworthiness. Spark’s comparatively brief wheelbase of 93.5 inches compulsory a Spark group to strengthen a car’s front-end structure to improved catch and discharge impact appetite around occupants. A cradle prolongation offers additional support in frontal collisions.
Lightweight, high-strength steels consecrate some-more than 62 percent of Spark’s underneath physique and 42 percent of a top body. The car’s firm doorway beams and H-shaped structure underneath a seating area are designed to raise insurance in side impacts, and a high-strength cranky members are designed to assistance conduct vanquish space in side impacts.
Spark’s roof crawl and B-pillar also use high-strength steels to assistance reserve a newcomer space in a rollover crash. Likewise, a high-strength back rail is designed to assistance strengthen a fuel tank in side and back impacts.
Spark’s motorist and newcomer front knee atmosphere bags are designed to revoke a risk of reduce ascendancy injuries in frontal crashes. Further insurance is supposing by dual-stage frontal atmosphere bags, seat-mounted side atmosphere bags and side screen atmosphere bags that extend over a front and back seating rows.
Additional reserve facilities embody a rollover intuiting system, three-point reserve belts in all 4 seating positions, reserve belt pretensioners in a front motorist and newcomer seats, a LATCH child chair connection system, tractable conduct restraints and collapsible steering column.
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