General Motors stated that a Chevy Colorado‘s safety features helped a customer survive a crash in South Korea.
The automaker’s South Korean subsidiary recently invited Park Gyeong-ran, a passionate 56-year-old customer who owns the Chevy Colorado, to visit the all-new The House of GM in Seoul and named her Colorado Ambassador after a life-threatening incident when her vehicle was submerged in water. The client was rescued unharmed inside her vehicle after spending an hour five meters (16.4 feet) underwater.
“It was extremely fortunate that Ms. Park was miraculously rescued unharmed following her unfortunate accident. I take pride in the exceptional safety of the Chevrolet Colorado and I’m grateful that it played a role in saving Ms. Park’s life,” said President and CEO of GM Korea, Hector Villarreal. “Core to GM’s vision and purpose has always been safety, quality, and detailed craftsmanship. Our customers demand great-looking cars, but it’s what GM engineers beneath the surface that ensures their safety and peace of mind,” he added.
Park Gyeong-ran is an outdoor enthusiast and had purchased two Chevy Colorados, mainly to transport jet skis. On October 23rd, she and her vehicle were submerged in water after falling into a reservoir. But thanks to the robust construction and notable waterproofing of the Colorado, the pickup created air pockets that allowed it to be rescued at a depth of 5 meters after an hour in the water.
Surviving this astonishing event further strengthened Park’s confidence in the Chevy Colorado, as she bought another unit of the truck a day after the incident and was honored by GM by naming her the Colorado’s ambassador in Korea. In particular, the Colorado stands out for being exceptionally airtight and watertight with a wading capacity of 0.8 meters or 2.6 feet – making it an ideal all-rounder for support in disaster zones.
“During the accident, the windshield was severely cracked, but it didn’t shatter until the very end. I believe that the car prevented water from entering, ultimately contributing to my survival,” said Park Gyeong-ran. “This incident strengthened my confidence in the Colorado’s safety features, prompting me to purchase another one the following day. I want to express my gratitude to GM’s team for designing such an outstanding vehicle. I am committed to fulfilling my new role as an honorary ambassador for the Colorado,” she finished.