Chevy makes safety a top priority with features to protect you before, during and after in the event of a crash
Your family’s safety matters. Whether it’s a short errand around town or a cross-country road trip, Chevrolet is committed to providing vehicle safety technologies to help keep you and your family safe — from the start of your journey to your destination.
That’s why each Chevy model comes with an array of standard and available features that can help protect you and your passengers before, during and after in the event of a crash.
Vehicle Safety Before
Chevrolet offers technologies that provide you with information and safety features specifically designed to help you avoid a crash. In this section you will learn how Chevy:
Helps keep your vehicle on track with an antilock brake system, StabiliTrak® and Traction Control
Makes your vehicle easier to see with daytime running lamps (DRLs)
Gives you early warning via a Driver Information Center (DIC), Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
ABS helps you maintain steering control by reducing wheel lockup during hard braking on most slippery surfaces.
The StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System helps you stay on course by detecting the difference between the steering wheel angle and the direction the vehicle is actually turning. StabiliTrak “reads” the steering wheel position, the amount of sideways force in play, the speed of the vehicle and the vehicle’s response to steering wheel input. It then uses the brakes and, if necessary, adjusts engine torque to help you keep your vehicle on track.
This important safety feature helps reduce wheel spin during acceleration if surfaces you’re driving on are slippery. Certain traction control systems combine the ABS speed sensors with the braking system and a Powertrain Control Module to help your vehicle regain traction.
Daytime Running Lamps
Daytime running lamps (DRLs) are reduced-intensity lights on the front of vehicles that automatically illuminate when the vehicle is started. They make the vehicle easier to see for other drivers and pedestrians approaching from the front and side in a variety of daytime conditions, including fog, rain, dusk and bright sunlight. DRLs help reduce the risk of crashes.
Driver Information Center (DIC)
The Driver Information Center keeps you informed of key vehicle functions while you're on the road. Depending on the vehicle, it displays helpful messages, including change oil, engine temperature, door ajar, trunk open, low oil pressure, low fuel, low washer fluid, tire pressure information and more.
This technology is designed to help alert drivers so they can avoid lane changes where there are vehicles in the “side blind zone.” Alternating radar beams in the system sweep adjacent lanes of traffic, covering a zone of about one lane over from both sides of the vehicle. When the system detects a vehicle in the “side blind zone,” an amber display lights up on the vehicle’s outside rearview mirrors.
Forward Collision Alert
Forward Collision Alert is a system that continually monitors how close your vehicle is to other vehicles in front of you. If the system detects a potential collision based on closing speeds, it will alert you with distinct visual and audible signals, giving you enough time to maneuver safely.
Lane Departure Warning
This system works to read the lines along the road as you drive. If your vehicle has strayed into another lane without you using your turn signal, the warning system will alert you visually and audibly.
Vehicle Safety During
Chevy boasts a long list of safety achievements, but perhaps the most important have been in the area of vehicle crash test technology and crash test safety ratings. Some of the vehicle safety technologies designed to help protect occupants in the event of a crash include:
Helping reduce injuries with safety cage construction and crush zones, air bags† and safety belts
Helping protect occupants by securing kids with LATCH for child safety seats
Safety Cage Construction
Made of reinforced steel with vertical pillars, side door beams and a roof, the safety cage is designed to help preserve occupant space in a crash. In addition, front and rear “crush zones” that frame the trunk and engine are designed to compress in a controlled manner during a crash — helping absorb the energy from the crash.
The safety belt is a vehicle’s most important safety feature. It offers technologies to help improve comfort and fit, such as the child comfort guide in rear outboard seating positions and adjustable upper safety belt anchors. Also included in the safety belt system are other energy-management features.
GM has contributed to the development and implementation of air bags†, an important technology to supplement safety belts.
Chevy vehicles offer a range of air bag systems — front air bags (standard), dual-stage frontal air bags, side-impact air bags and head-curtain side-impact air bags, as well as the Passenger Sensing System. In addition, a number of Chevy vehicles feature rollover-capable head-curtain air bags, which not only deploy in moderate to severe side impacts, but can also deploy if the vehicle senses an impending rollover event.
LATCH for Child Seats
Available in most Chevy vehicles, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) system often makes it easier to install child safety seats. Most LATCH-equipped seating positions have three anchors — a top tether anchor and two lower anchors located between the vehicle’s seat cushion and seatback.
LATCH-equipped child safety seats have a lower set of attachments that fasten to the vehicle’s lower anchors. Most forward-facing child safety seats also have a top strap (or tether) that attaches to a top tether anchor.
Vehicle Safety After
2013 Chevrolet vehicles built today come with comprehensive vehicle safety and vehicle security features such as OnStar®† Automatic Crash Response to help protect you in the event of a crash. That’s why OnStar is available on most Chevy vehicles. See below to learn more about how OnStar supports vehicle safety:
OnStar Automatic Crash Response
In most crashes, built-in sensors around your vehicle can automatically send an alert to an OnStar® advisor, who is automatically connected into your vehicle to help you. Even if you don’t respond, the Advisor can use GPS technology to locate you and request that emergency help is sent right away. The Advisor can also relay critical crash data, including the type of crash and how severe it is, to help emergency responders dispatch the right assistance when every second counts. And now with the Injury Severity Predictor, collected crash data alerts your Advisor if there’s a high risk of severe injuries to help emergency personnel respond appropriately. The Advisor can also offer critical assistance until medical help arrives.
OnStar Vehicle Safety Features
In addition to OnStar† Automatic Crash Response system, OnStar features Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Crisis Assist, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and available OnStar RemoteLink™ mobile app†.
To learn even more about OnStar vehicle safety plans, programs and support, visit onstar.com.
GM and Safe Kids Worldwide
As an additional safety resource, General Motors is dedicated as a significant partner to Safe Kids Worldwide, helping educate families about child safety in and around vehicles. Find additional vehicle safety information at safekids.org.
Available on iPhone®, Android™ and select BlackBerry® devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions. Requires an active OnStar subscription.
Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the air bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.
Available at participating dealers.
Before making a lane change, always check the Side Blind Zone Alert display, check the side and inside rearview mirrors, look over your shoulder for vehicles and hazards, and engage the turn signal.