2013 Chevrolet Cruze Receives 5-Star Safety Rating form NHTSA
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The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has been awarded the maximum 5-star overall vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA recently tested the 2013 Cruze, which utilizes a brand new, industry-first driver-side airbag that uses a flexible venting technology. The Cruze received NHTSA's highest-possible 5-Star rating, the same rating it received in 2011 and 2012 when the small car used a dual-stage airbag system.

In comparison to more complex dual-stage airbags that use one inflator for low-speed crashes and another for high-speed crashes, the 2013 Cruze's new single-stage 'smart airbag' uses one lower output inflator to manage both low-speed and high-speed crash forces.

According to Chevrolet, the lighter-weight and more compact system's flexible vent reduces the risk of airbag inflation-induced injury by allowing the driver's forward momentum to effectively push the air out and away.

The 2013 model also maintained the Cruze's highest-possible ratings of 'Good' in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which recognized Cruze as a 2011 and 2012 Top Safety Pick.