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Chevy Bolt Crash Ratings ?

Anyone have any idea of how safe / crash ratings are for the Bolt ?
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Not yet tested

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Not yet tested
not even by the manufacturer ? their website only talked about safety 'features' not related to crash testing
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According to the NHTSA, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is "not rated":
https://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle-Sho...BOLT&year=2017

And at IIHS, the Chevy Bolt doesn't even appear: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings

Wait until January 2017 after the first units are sold and distributed to visit these two sites again. Meanwhile, use them to check on other vehicles (including the Chevy Volt) for comparisons.

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I didn't know they could sell vehicles even without being crash tested ? Or have they been tested and the information hasn't been uploaded yet ?
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If the north american auto show is any sort of land mark for them to release crash test videos around then that will be the next date range we'll have to look out for.

No way they can release these out to consumers without tests like this not being done.
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GM has performed crash tests (or subbed it out), but the ratings are generated by the NHTSA an IIHS in independent tests (unlike fuel economy/range ratings).

Crash test vehicles are randomly chosen by the testing agency (not that an auto company would ever try and deceive anybody). The IIHS buys vehicles from dealers to test. We won't see results/ratings until they can get their hands on production cars.
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Ahh okay okay thank you for clearing that up. Learning quite a bit as we progress here lol. Especially that they have to buy cars from dealers to test. I guess that is a good way to keep it randomized.
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So if there's a lot of people in line for a Bolt and it's hard for the NHTSA or IIHS to get a hold of one, then we may not see crash test ratings until next year. Never knew they had to buy the test car like any other customer.
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I think the point is to avoid manufacturers providing "special" vehicles from the test. I don't know that the NHTSA actually purchases them, but they are "selected randomly".
The IIHS does purchase them, but are reimbursed by the mfg if specifically requested to test a vehicle before it is on their (unpublished) schedule.
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