May 7, 2004

Mid-size GM SUVs receive 3 out of 5 stars in crash tests

Washington, D.C. – The latest crash test results released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that GM’s mid-sized SUVs achieved mediocre results in 35 mph frontal crash tests. The Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Buick Rainier and the extended length GMC Envoy XUV all received three stars out of a possible five in frontal crash tests for driver and passenger. According to the NHTSA, five stars means 10% or less chance of serious injury; four stars means 11 to 20% chance of serious injury; and three stars means 21 to 35% chance of serious injury.

The same GM SUVs did well in side impact crash tests, receiving five stars for both front and rear passengers.

Other SUVs tested by the NHTSA did better in frontal crash tests. The Cadillac SRX and Toyota RAV4 each received four stars for driver and passenger, while the Toyota Highlander, Saturn Vue and Infiniti FX received five stars for driver and passenger. In side impact crash tests, the SRX, RAV4, Highlander, Vue and FX all received five stars.

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