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Firefighter cuts up a Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Firefighter cutting open crash-tested Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Work vehicles at Chicago Auto Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Crash safety ratings are a big selling point – who's going to buy a car with just two stars? In pursuit of salable collision performance, automakers have turned to stronger metals and better construction, and consumers can reap the benefit by choosing from a panoply of highly rated vehicles. A problem arises, however, if that safety design is ever called upon to perform. Lots of vehicles now sport high strength steel in critical areas like roof pillars, and while it certainly helps protect

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