In helping to shape the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, owners of the current-generation model highlighted one desired thing in particular to which Chevy was quick to respond: a fifth seat.
But calling the fifth seat a “seat” is a bit generous, as Mike Anthony Autosports demonstrates in the video below. Foregoing questions of how much comfort, thigh support and room for one’s derrière can be built into a tiny pad resting atop the car’s battery pack tunnel, the 6-foot-1 YouTuber raises the much more pressing question of safety, as occupying the middle-rear seat in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt rather puts his noodle in danger.
At 3 inches above the height of the average American male, the situation of Mike Anthony’s head in the Chevrolet Volt may not be a fair representation of what any given passenger might encounter. Still, it’s worth considering that if the middle-rear seat occupant is tall enough, their head is essentially trapped between a plastic headliner in the front, and the rear hatch glass in the back. That makes for some real potential of head injury in the event of a crash, and it highlights just how much of an afterthought the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s fifth seat was during the design process.
Granted, the majority of us are safely below 6-foot-1 in stature, and the fifth seat in the Volt is perfectly suitable for a child. We just hope that GM takes the time to place adequate warning stickers wherever necessary, and that consumers pay heed to the possible dangers of loading five full-size adults into the vehicle.