For the second year in a row, Chrysler has managed to have 12 vehicles be named to the list of top safety picks by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The manufacturer also had two models, the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 midsize sedans, earn the new IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award due to their performance in drive-side crash tests.
Other models to be recognized were the Dodge Dart, Charger, Grand Caravan, Journey and Durango; the Fiat 500; the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; and the Jeep Patriot and Grand Cherokee. The vehicles are known for offering top safety measures while still maintaining affordable rates - the Dodge Avenger, for example, is the most affordable midsize sedan in the U.S.
"We are honored to receive these awards," said Mark Chernoby, the vice president of engineering for Chrysler. "Occupant safety is a key ingredient to the design and manufacture of all Chrysler Group vehicles."
The ratings were based on the results of frontal, side impact and rollover crash tests. Several of these Chrysler offerings are 2013 redesigns or upgrades that have undergone vehicle maintenance to include more effective air bags, electronic stability control, blind-spot monitoring and back-up cameras.