Chevrolet Bolt Misses IIHS Top Safety Pick Due To Poor Headlights

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Head restraints seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation

G

Dynamic rating

G

Seat/head restraint geometry

G

Technical measurements for this test Seat type Manual cloth seat Geometry Backset (mm) 40 Distance below top of head (mm) -14 Seat design parameters Pass/fail Pass Max T1 acceleration (g) 18.2 Head contact time (ms) 67 Force rating 1 Neck forces Max neck shear force (N) 118 Max neck tension (N) 424

How the head restraint & seat test is conductedCurrently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2023 Bolt EV boasts a roster of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. Along with standard automatic high-beams and front pedestrian detection, the hatchback can be equipped with a 360-degree camera system and rear cross-traffic alert.

For more information about the Bolt EV’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Chevy spruces up the Bolt EV’s cabin with a more upscale design that the company says includes better materials than before and more soft-touch surfaces. The steering wheel now features a racy flat bottom, the driver faces a new 8.0-inch fully digital gauge cluster, and the old electronic shifter is replaced by a set of toggles and buttons. Although the updated Bolt EV has the same passenger space as before, including a back seat that’s roomy enough for two adults, it does have redesigned front seats that are said to be more comfortable. The hatchback’s rear cargo space still measures 17 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 57 cubes with those rear seatbacks folded flat.

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These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.

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Child seat anchors

Applies to 2017-22 models

Overall evaluation

M

Vehicle trim EV LT
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation

M

Vehicle trim EV LT
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position 1 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors too deep in seat too much force needed to attach easy to maneuver around anchors 2 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors none available 3 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors too deep in seat too much force needed to attach easy to maneuver around anchors

Technical measurements for this test Seat position 21 3 Lower anchor A Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) could not measure Clearance angle (degrees) 80 Lower anchor B Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) 7 Clearance angle (degrees) 78 Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No Seat position 22 2 Lower anchor A No lower latch for this seat position Lower anchor B No lower latch for this seat position Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No Seat position 23 1 Lower anchor A Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) 6 Clearance angle (degrees) 81 Lower anchor B Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) could not measure Clearance angle (degrees) 84 Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No

Applies to 2017-22 models

Overall evaluation

M

Vehicle trim EV Premier
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation

M

Vehicle trim EV Premier
Seat type leather
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position 1 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors too deep in seat too much force needed to attach easy to maneuver around anchors 2 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors none available 3 Tether anchor easy-to-find location no other hardware could be confused for anchor Lower anchors too deep in seat too much force needed to attach easy to maneuver around anchors

Technical measurements for this test Seat position 21 3 Lower anchor A Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) could not measure Clearance angle (degrees) 75 Lower anchor B Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) 13 Clearance angle (degrees) 76 Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No Seat position 22 2 Lower anchor A No lower latch for this seat position Lower anchor B No lower latch for this seat position Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No Seat position 23 1 Lower anchor A Open access rated No Depth (cm) 4-6 Force (lbs) 12 Clearance angle (degrees) 88 Lower anchor B Open access rated No Depth (cm) 2-4 Force (lbs) could not measure Clearance angle (degrees) 85 Tether anchor Location Middle seatback Confusing hardware present No Has contrasting label within 3 inches of tether anchor No

How child seat anchors are evaluated

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