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Chrysler group has another 5-star car; Charger is 10th straight to get top crash-test rating

GREG BOWENS | Automotive News
Posted Date: 5/25/05
The Chrysler group is on a safety streak.

The 2006 Dodge Charger has earned a five-star government rating for frontal crash protection. The sedan is the 10th straight Chrysler vehicle launched since 2003 that has attained the rating.

"No one single test represents the total safety of a vehicle," said Luis Morais, Chrysler group senior manager for safety planning and programs.

"However, this third-party validation shows we are building vehicles that are safe for real-world conditions."

The streak began with the introduction of the 2003 Chrysler Pacifica. Then a slew of products received high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, Ram 1500, Ram Quad, Dakota and Magnum also got five-star ratings for frontal crash protection. Redesigned Chrysler and Dodge minivans, which share a platform, also got the five-star rating when they were launched last November.

Morais said many of those vehicles share platforms, so it's not surprising that energy-absorption characteristics would be similar. The Charger, for example, is built on the same platform as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum.

Mark Krawczyk, an NHTSA program manager, said the Chrysler group's crash-test performance reflects industry improvements in frontal crash protection.

Said Krawczyk: "Almost all vehicles are getting at least four stars in frontal crash testing."
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