The 2010 Chevy Malibu has a safety cage that surrounds the passenger compartment from the windshield pillar to the back glass pillar and from the roof rail to the rocker structure. This design strategy is intended to help preserve occupant space in the event of a collision.
A lower door-to-door interlock is designed to help reduce intrusion into the passenger compartment during a side impact.
Diagonal side-intrusion beams, located on the front doors, are constructed of high-strength boron steel to help reduce intrusion in shallow-angle side collisions.
The front body structure is designed for a “progressive crush” during a frontal crash. This design absorbs and channels crash energy in a controlled manner to help preserve occupant space in the passenger compartment.