From the introduction of the first safety rim wheels in 1941, to being the first automotive company to make airbags standard in 1988, safety has long been first priority for Chrysler Group LLC brands. Today, our approach to safety and security is still leading the way, with collision avoidance technologies like our Blind Spot Monitoring System and protection features like our Electronic Stability Control.
Chrysler Group is committed to helping keep drivers and passengers safe when riding in motor vehicles. We employ a twofold safety/security approach: conventional passive safety features, such as pretensioners and constant-force seat belt retractors, supplemental front and side air bags,1 combined with active safety accident-avoidance features, including precise steering, handling and braking.
In 2012, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety awarded Top Safety Pick status to 10 Chrysler Group vehicles. They were the Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler 300, Dodge Dart, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Charger, Dodge Journey, Dodge Durango, FIAT 500, Jeep Grand Cherokee® and Jeep Patriot.2
Two additional vehicles – the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size sedans – achieved the new IIHS designation of Top Safety Pick+ for their performance in an extreme crash test that subjects 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end to a 40-mph collision with a thin, vertical barrier.
Chrysler Group founder Walter P. Chrysler inspired engineering excellence that spawned unparalleled innovation. The resulting list of achievements, many of which benefited the entire automotive industry and society at large, still inspires today:
- 1924 – First use of hydraulically actuated, four-wheel brakes on a mass-produced vehicle
- 1934 – Scientific weight distribution and use of synchronized springs to control ride pitch
- 1934 – Adopted new design that saw vehicles derive most of their strength from body structure
- 1937 – Added safety padding to rear of front seat-backs
- 1940 – First car with two-speed windshield wipers
- 1941 – First safety rim wheels
- 1949 – Pioneered padded dashboard
- 1950 – Introduced four-wheel, self-energizing hydraulic disc brakes
- 1951 – First production Hydraguide® power steering vehicle
- 1959 – Introduced electronically dimmed rear-view mirrors
- 1963 – Successfully integrated four-wheel-drive with automatic transmission
- 1966 – Introduced safety front shoulder harness
- 1969 – Added auxiliary driving lights using quartz halogen bulbs
- 1971 – Pioneered modern ABS with four-wheel, wheel-slip brake system (Chrysler Sure Brake)
- 1988 – First auto maker to make airbags standard equipment
- 1989 – Offered four-wheel anti-lock braking on a four-wheel-drive vehicle
- 1991 – Introduced driver’s-side supplemental restraint system for minivans
- 1992 – Pioneered integrated child safety seat
- 2003 – Introduced the first factory installed Bluetooth hands-free calling solution in North America
- 2007 – Leveraged diesel-ending back-pressure to add exhaust braking to commercial truck line
- 2008 – Industry-first application of Rear Cross Path accident-avoidance system
- 2008 – Chrysler Town & Country first minivan to feature Blind-Spot Monitoring
- 2009 – Launch of unique all-wheel-drive system; disconnects front-axle for improved fuel economy but reconnects automatically when wheel slip is detected or ambient temperature is conducive to icy conditions
- 2011 – Ram Chassis Cab trucks outfitted with largest rotors and brake pads in class; trailer brake controller upgraded for improved towing performance
- 2012 – Chrysler Car Seat Tool made available to educate customers about specific brands and products appropriate for a child’s age, height, and weight; Internet links afford additional information about safety seat installation
- 2012 – Advanced all-wheel-drive system added to Dodge Charger Pursuit police cruiser
- 2012 – Dodge Dart, first product to make use of Fiat-engineered vehicle platform, features 10 standard air bags – unsurpassed in its class – and high-strength steel content (68 percent) that is one of industry’s highest
- 2012 – Pioneered first cloud-based voice-recognition system that allows hands-free receipt of text messages and hands-free, verbatim response
- 2012 – Ram 1500 pickup features segment-exclusive LED turn signals, marker lights and tail lamps for improved visibility
- 2013 – Jeep Cherokee introduced with industry-first all-wheel-drive system with rear-axle-disconnect for improved handling in inclement weather; also features advanced forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning
In addition, Chrysler Group’s SeatCheck program offers a directory of more than 4,000 inspection locations staffed by trained and certified child safety seat technicians. A list of technicians is available toll-free at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK (1-866-7328-24325).
1Always sit properly in the seat with the seat belt fastened.
2When equipped with optional side air bags.