The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV electric crossover showed room for an improvement in a recent rear-seat safety evaluation conducted by Consumer Reports.
CR recently introduced a new Rear-Seat Safety Score, which it says is based on the results of its own child safety tests, as well as the presence of other “key safety technology,” like a rear seatbelt reminder, advanced restraints and well-designed head restraints. The publication has ranked a handful of popular family vehicles from the 2021 and 2022 model years based on their rear-seat safety, including the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and other crossovers.
CR bases its Rear-Seat Safety Score on the following categories: Car Seat Fit, Booster Seat Use, Rear Occupant Alert, Rear belt Minders and Advanced Rear Restraints. These categories are self-explanatory and address either the performance of a rear-seat safety feature or whether or not it is present in the vehicle.
CR gave the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV a rating of ‘Poor’ in its Belt Reminder and Advanced Restraints categories and a rating of ‘Fair’ in the Head Restraints category. It also earned a rating of ‘Very Good’ in the Child Seat Fit and Booster Use categories, as well as a rating of ‘Good’ in the Rear Occupant Alert category. This earned it an overall score of 36 from a possible 100, placing it near the bottom of the overall ranking.
Based on the findings from this study, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV could improve its rear-seat safety by introducing a rear seatbelt reminder, rear seat belt pretensioners, improved rear-seat airbags/advanced restraints and redesigned head restraints.
The vehicle that performed the best overall in this rear-seat safety study was the Toyota Sienna, which received a score of 69/100 and earned a score of ‘Very Good’ in all but two categories.
Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at CR’s Auto Test Center, said she hopes the publication’s rear-seat safety evaluation will convince more automakers to put the same thought into rear-seat safety as they do into front-seat safety.
“Automakers often update their vehicles in order to meet more stringent safety evaluations,” she said. “We’ve seen this happen with crash testing, and we look forward to seeing rear-seat safety scores improve as well.”