VERGENNES, 4/11/14 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
has named the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with Forward Collision Alert, which
is now available at Denecker Chevrolet, a Top Safety Pick+.
The distinction requires cars to receive high marks in crash worthiness
and to achieve a basic, advanced or superior rating for frontal crash
“Safety is important to Vergennes-area drivers,” said Tom Denecker at Denecker Chevrolet. “This designation from IIHS confirms that the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu delivers top safety performance for drivers.”
The crash tests consist of front, side, roof strength and head
restraint tests. In order to receive a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ status, the
2014 Malibu’s frontal crash protection system had to meet IIHS
requirements. The sedan also needed to receive “Good” rating in four of
five crash tests. The 2014 Malibu exceeded those requirements, achieving
a “Good” rating in all five tests.
The 2014 Malibu’s available Advanced Safety Package, which includes
active safety features like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure
Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert, contributed to its Top Safety Pick+
consideration. The Forward Collision Alert system uses camera and radar
systems to monitor the distance to the car in front of the Malibu, and
will sound an alert if it senses a possible collision. The Advanced
Safety Package is available on 2014 Malibu 2LT, 3LT, and LTZ models.
The IIHS simulates certain types of crashes that can occur on the
road. They then evaluate the damage that occurred on key areas of the
vehicle’s body structure and the risk of occupant injury.
For instance, the Side Impact Crashworthiness Evaluation Crash Test
consists of rolling a 3,300-pound sled into the side of a test vehicle
at 31.1 mph.
Similarly, in the Moderate Overlap Frontal Crashworthiness Evaluation
Crash Test, the test vehicle runs into a wall offset from the vehicle’s
The Chevrolet Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four
years, but 2014 marks the first time it has been named a Top Safety
Pick+. It is the second Chevrolet car to receive the Top Safety Pick+
rating, following the Spark mini car.
About Denecker Chevrolet
Denecker Chevrolet was founded in 1991 by Thomas Denecker. Now in their 24th year, Denecker Chevrolet has become synonymous with honest service in the community.
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