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Chevy Sonic Great Choice For Safety

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author photo by Cliff Turner August 2011

Chevrolet's all new 2012 Sonic is one of the safest small cars, thanks to ultra-strong steel and 10 different airbags. The safety begins with the Sonic's body, which one single unit that includes a safety cage. The doorframes are made from tubular steel that adds extra strength to the roof while supporting the doors at the same time.

Chevy created the engine compartment using ultra high strength steel in the front. This allows the compartment to evenly distribute the force throughout the body of the car in the event of a front or side crash. Because the same steel was used in the roof and its support pillars, the roof is capable of supporting four times its weight. This strengthened roof is much safer for passengers involved in a rollover crash.

Another unique safety feature in the Sonic is a detachable pedal assembly. In head on collisions, the pedal will detach itself, preventing it from becoming seriously injuring the driver's legs. Independent sensors control the car's 10 airbags. The sensors instantly diagnose the severity and location of the impact, and deploy the correct airbags accordingly. The airbags are located throughout the vehicle, including the roof-rail, the sides of the seats, and in front of the driver and passenger's knees. If the car senses that the front of the car lifts up during a crash, the brakes are automatically deployed to get the car back on the ground.

These safety features are crucial to protect drivers and passengers in the small compact. Many drivers are wary of choosing a subcompact, even though they are more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly. Because SUV's are so popular in the US, many fear a crash in a small car would have disastrous consequences. Chevrolet hopes Sonic drivers will feel more confident on the road knowing they are protected by state of the art technology.

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