IIHS awards Top Safety Pick+ award to the 2017 Chevrolet Volt image

As it turns out, the second generation plug in hybrid is not only green but also very safe, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the model as a Top Safety Pick+.

Chevrolet has had the second generation Volt running around since the 2016 model year, but the IIHS only now got a model for testing as part of a series of crashes involving mostly electric vehicles (more results are pending). The 2017 Volt got the IIHS’ top Good score in the small-overlap front crash test, the agency’s only concern was “the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid partway off the left side, allowing the head to move toward the gap in coverage between the frontal and side curtain airbags.” The Volt also secured the top Superior rating in front crash prevention for models with the optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking systems.

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The 2017 model year cars will get the TSP+ rating harder now as the agency also introduced a new headlight test and there vehicles need an Acceptable or Good rating. The IIHS engineers will test the reach of the light on straights, sharp turns, and during gradual cornering. The standard headlights score Acceptable but with the optional high beam assist they improve to Good.