The 2012 Cadillac SRX and CTS Earn Highest Safety Rating from NHTSA
The 2012 Cadillac SRX Crossover, CTS Sport Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon have earned Five-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Cadillac models were evaluated under NHTSA’s modified New Car Assessment Program implemented for the 2011 model year. The program bases overall scores on rollover resistance testing, as well as frontal and side crash tests. Four results are mathematically combined to produce the Overall Vehicle Score.
In order to earn a five-star rating, vehicles have to pass more challenging tests and meet more rigorous requirements than in past years. The NHTSA has introduced a new, tougher scoring system with the goal of providing consumers with better information about safety feature performance and crash-avoidance technologies.
Despite the challenging test conditions, the 2012 Cadillac SRX Crossover and CTS Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon achieved the highest overall rating possible. These models boast several standard safety features:
- Driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal and seat-mounted side pelvic/thorax airbags and head-curtain side airbags (covering front and outboard rear seating rows) with rollover protection.
- Rollover sensors that activate the head-curtain side airbags if a potential rollover is detected. In a rollover, the airbags stay inflated longer to provide increased protection.
- StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control helps maintain driver control by assessing steering, wheelspin, response times and other sensor information. If necessary, StabiliTrak will apply the brakes and/or adjust the throttle.
- Four-channel disc brakes with ABS for safer stops, and full-function traction control.
- Front safety belt pretensioners to reduce forward movement, and load-limiting retractors to help manage force during a collision.
- Active front-seat head restraints on the CTS Sport Sedan help reduce the risk of neck injury in low-speed rear collisions.
- Side Blind Zone Alert System on CTS models uses sensors to detect and warn drivers of vehicles or objects in the side path of the vehicle.
The General Motors team is proud to have nine 2012 models receive Five-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for safety. “Receiving five stars under the new rating system is an impressive feat – one that clearly demonstrates the strength of the SRX and CTS advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of the models’ state-of-the-art safety technologies,” said Gay Kent, GM Executive Director of Vehicle Safety.
For drivers, the latest accomplishments of the SRX and CTS prove that Cadillac is leading the way when it comes to advanced safety technology.