Detroit, Michigan –  The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has been named a Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To earn the award, a vehicle must achieve the top rating of “good” in front, side and rear crash tests, in a roof strength test, and have electronic stability control.

“Safety remains one of the most important factors buyers weigh when purchasing a vehicle,” said Doug Park, Volt global vehicle line executive. “The IIHS designation reiterates the Volt as a safe, practical vehicle that can be a family’s only car, without compromises.”

Because the Volt operates quietly in all-electric mode, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians in an intersection. The alert was developed in conjunction with the American Federation of the Blind.

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