Safety is one of the most important factors that car shoppers use to help determine which vehicle is best for them. That’s why Chrysler is so proud to have so many vehicles with high safety ratings. The 2015 Chrysler 200 recently received the Top Safety Pick+ which was a huge honor for Chrysler.
Organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) help lessen the number of death, injuries, and damage to property that occurs by implementing and administering the standards vehicles are judged by.
The NHTSA conducts independent crash tests that include front impact and side impact testing for all vehicles and rollover testing for SUVs and pickup trucks. Recently they have also begun using various sized crash-test dummies, while featuring new technologies that support crash test avoidance.
NHTSA has been around since 1970 and is pretty well regarded by drivers, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, and the U.S. automobile industry, alike.
They developed the 5-star Rating Program back in 1978 as a way to determine how much the safety of vehicles has improved.
As the name suggests, a new automobile can receive up to 5 stars. One star is the lowest any tested vehicle can receive.
The program is geared to helping consumers make better purchasing decisions by providing them with information needed to compare one vehicle with another.
NHTSA also wears several other hats – one of which is to monitor vehicle safety. Other tasks include, investigating manufacturer defects and implementing and overseeing fuel economy standards.
On behalf of the general public, the organization rounds up accidents stats each year, publishing comprehensive information about injuries, fatalities, speeding, and accidents involving alcohol.
Internally, NHTSA subsidizes programs involving new safety technology, teen driver programs, and child safety seats. It also issues university grants and offers funding to organizations that conduct ongoing safety research.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is another well-regarded independent safety organization whose role is to minimize losses resulting from death, injury, and property damage.
It was established in 1959 by three different insurance companies and champions information derived through scientific study of insurance data.
Similar to NHTSA, the IIHS is committed to helping consumers make informed decisions through vehicle safety testing.
The IIHS focuses on two facets of safety – crash worthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation. It then assigns grades depending on how well a tested vehicle performs.
A rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor is given after these five tests are performed: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, roof strength, and head restraints.
Each year, the IIHS awards the Top Safety Pick to automobiles with the best performance.
Chosen vehicles qualify for the award by receiving “Good” marks in the seat head restraint tests and the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength tests.
The highest honor a vehicle can receive is the Top Safety Pick +, which requires a “Good” rating in 4 out of 5 tests.
These automobiles also need to receive an “Acceptable” rating in the fifth test.
The brand new 2015 Chrysler 200 has been redesigned to include safety features like electronic stability control, antilock brakes and eight airbags; optional features such as a rear view camera and rear cross-path detection were also added.
Because of Chrysler’s strategic emphasis on safety, the 200 earned the highest honors given to a vehicle from the IIHS – the 2014 Top Safety Pick +.
With a score of “Good” in the small overlap front crash test and a superior rating for front crash protection (when teamed up with the car maker’s forward collision warning system with auto-brake) it’s clear that the new 200 was definitely built with one thing in mind – it’s driver’s safety.
Of course, your safety has always been our number one priority here at Mancari’s in Oak Lawn, IL. We have a large inventory of new and used vehicles for out guests to browse through. Stop over today and learn more about the new 2015 Chrysler 200!