Monday, November 24, 2008

Safe and Sane: 2009 Dodge Challenger Gets Five-Star Front and Side Impact Rating

Posted Today 10:12 AM by Scott_Evans

While classic muscle cars are lauded for their good looks and incredible power, they're fairly unsafe by today's standards. Dodge was well aware of both of these facts when they designed the new Challenger and the proof is in the pudding. The 2009 Dodge Challenger not only looks great but has now received five-star front- and side-impact ratings for front- and rear-seat passengers, as well as a four-star rollover rating.

"Safety is a top priority in all Chrysler vehicles, and the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger features the latest in safety and security features providing our customers with the peace of mind they want and expect," said Larry Lyons, Vice President of the Car and Minivan Product Team for Chrysler. "Dodge Challenger offers an unmistakable heritage design and delivers numerous advanced safety and security features."

Thanks to front airbags for both the driver and front seat passenger and side-curtain airbags for all the occupants, the Challenger gets five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in both front and side impacts. The Challenger also fell just one percentage point shy of receiving a five-star rollover rating. Dodge credits a host of safety features including Traction Control, Electronic Stability Protection, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an Enhanced Accident Response System and more for the top safety ratings.

Source: Dodge, NHTSA

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