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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
loaded-up on safety features
Car and Driver
will cover virtually the entire interior with inflatable bags
the safety cage compartment was not intruded upon
Frontal and side impact: 5/5; rollover rating: 4/5 (upper 10 percent)
Rates Good in all areas
GM also spares no expense in the safety department when it comes to the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.
Edmunds confirms this, saying that "there isn't a competitor that offers a better allotment of standard safety features." These standard features consist of (among other things) front and rear head curtain side-impact bags, front-seat-mounted thorax bags, and dual-stage front bags; they aren't kidding when they say they "will cover virtually the entire interior."
Front side thorax airbags and side curtain bags that cover front and rear occupants are standard, plus anti-lock brakes. Electronic stability control is standard on all but the base Malibu LS.
The reviewer at MotherProof.com watched a crash test of a Chevrolet 2008 Malibu at 35 mph and confirms that all six airbags deploy as needed. TheCarConnection.com also notes that this reviewer is the only one to mention the "safety cage," which keeps the passenger compartment from collapsing in such an impact.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu has been given the top five-star rating in all of the federal government's crash tests, along with top Good ratings from the insurance industry in frontal offset and side tests. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chance of a rollover accident is 10 percent; the overall range for all passenger cars is between 7 and 18 percent.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is one of the top-rated family sedans when it comes to safety.