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2015 Chrysler 200 earns a five-star safety rating

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is looking to position itself at the top of its class, and the company has gone to great lengths to make sure that it will soon supplant the Accord for supremacy of the mid-sized sedan market. One of the biggest areas of focus by Chrysler has been the safety features, something that the Accord has been known for for years and presents an opportunity for the new model to really show what it can do.

That’s why it’s such a great step to see it earning a five-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Understanding what that means involves knowing what it is that is being tested. While consumers take these ratings very seriously, most don’t know what they mean or are meant to signify.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 received a five-star rating in safety for frontal collisions, side impacts simulating a two-car collision, and side impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole. These are the three most common types of crash that people see on the road, so designing a car to be able to withstand them puts you and your passengers in the best possible position in an accident.

A five-star rating from the NHTSA doesn’t stand alone, though. It is indicative of a pattern of such safety awards, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Part of how Chrysler has achieved this level of safety is by careful design choices and advanced technology to make driving safer. For example, about 65 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body structure is made of hot-stamped, high-strength, advanced boron steels, making it much more resistant to impacts.

Another thing that has made this a much safer car is the inclusion of over 60 safety features, which is the most in its class.

Many of the safety features involved are the cutting edge of automobile technology, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, which helps reduce the likelihood of rear end impact with other cars on the road by employing both warnings and autonomous braking, which can slow or bring the car to a full stop to avoid running into something. This, along with many of the other features, combine both camera and radar technology, which is a first for cars in this class.

There are a number of other fantastic features as well such as the Electronic Park Break with SafeHold, which engages the parking brake when the driver’s seatbelt is undone, the door is open, and the car is in a forward or reverse gear to avoid rollaways. Other features like ParkSense rear backup sensors, ParkView rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and LATCH child-seat anchors all contribute to making this one of the safest cars around.

To test drive a Chrysler 200 and check out the many innovative safety features, stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

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