The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer crossover now offers a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2021 Trailblazer previously offered a four-star crash rating.
As uncovered by GM Authority, General Motors made the decision to update the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer following the crossover’s launch. At the time, the Trailblazer was given a four-start crash rating from the NHTSA, prompting GM to re-evaluate the vehicle to identify where it could be upgraded to secure a top five-star rating.
GM implemented the new product changes on July 14th, after which the automaker requested that the NHTSA re-test the vehicle with the new changes.
The NHTSA complied, and on October 26th, the federal agency gave the updated 2021 Chevy Trailblazer a new five-star rating in the NHTSA NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The NHTSA published the new five-star rating on November 24th.
As such, the latest third-generation Chevy Trailblazer crossover has three different window label ratings, depending on the production date. These include (production dates included in parentheses):
- Four stars (01/20/2020 – 07/13/2020)
- Not rated (07/14/2020 – 11/30/2020)
- Five stars (12/01/2020 and later)
With the new, updated crash ratings, General Motors is sending five-star replacement window labels to dealers in order the replace any existing “Not rated” stickers.
“GM engineers were able to identify ways to improve the safety ratings of the Trailblazer,” said GM spokesperson Rita Kass-Shamoun in a statement to GM Authority. “Our engineers made hardware and software changes to improve the vehicles’ performance during frontal and side MDB (moving deformable barrier) NCAP crash tests.”
As GM Authority covered previously, the new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has exceeded all expectations, especially the RS trim level, orders of which have more than doubled the original order forecast at launch. What’s more, the new Trailblazer is effectively punching one weight class higher than intended, competing with C-segment rivals as well.