Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger Achieve 5-Star Crash-test Ratings
The Chrysler Group’s dynamic rear-wheel-drive full-size sedans—the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger—recently added to their advantages when both received overall 5-star scores in crash-test evaluations performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Notably, the recognition comes after the pair also garnered Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
“These vehicles are comprehensively equipped with advanced safety features,” said Scott Kunselman, senior vice president of Engineering for the Chrysler Group. “Both vehicles are robustly designed with a rigid structure to protect occupants and have numerous advanced safety features including, available Adaptive Cruise Control which NHSTA notes as a technology proven to reduce crashes.”
In addition, both vehicles are available with 360-degree safety packages that include SmartBeam headlamps along with Forward Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path accident avoidance systems. The expected full suite of airbags is standard on both vehicles, including full-length side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag, while reactive head restraints for the front seats and electronic stability control, Hill-start Assist, Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking technologies are included as well.
The Chrysler Group also calls out its award-winning UConnect Touch system as a key safety enabler. This voice-activated and award-winning infotainment and connectivity feature provides a number of solutions that help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, including text-to-speech functionality for receiving text messages and the ability to send pre-scripted messages in reply. The automaker even leveraged a doctor’s input in developing the cars’ premium audio option, designed by Dr. Dre in consultation with noted music medic Jimmy Iovine, one of the recording industry’s top producers.
Both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are on sale now through Autobytel at Chrysler and Dodge dealerships across the country.