Dodge Durango Receives Top Ratings in Government Crash Tests
Proof of Dodge’s commitment to consumer satisfaction and safety is the accolades that its industry-leading SUV, the Durango has received for garnering top ratings in government crash tests. Safety and security is the focus of Dodge’s innovative technologies and excellent design that has resulted in the top performance in frontal collisions for the Durango. The 2004 Durango received the highest frontal crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - five stars for both driver and front-passenger protection.
This exceptional performance was made possible by DaimlerChrysler’s patented frame rail tips that improve energy absorption in frontal crashes. This octagonal rail tip folds up like an accordion during a crash to absorb as much energy as possible and reduce crash forces reaching occupants in the passenger compartment. These frame rail tips are produced by a process called hydroforming, which uses water to shape the metal part in ways not possible by stamping to further improve performance in a crash. This innovation was named as one of the top 100 technological innovations of 2003 by Popular magazine.
Safety has always been the top priority of the Chrysler Group. Mike Donoughe, Vice President - Body-on-frame Product Team said, “We set stringent safety and security targets for the vehicle from the beginning, and our development team made sure that we hit them.” Aside from patented frame rails, DaimlerChrysler engineers enhanced Durango’s safety and security performance through the development of several advanced technologies. These Include:
* Enhanced body structure, including crush beads and stiffeners engineered into the vehicle body to absorb energy while preserving the integrity of the vehicle compartment.
* Three-point lap/shoulder belts in all seven seating positions.
* Pretensioners and constant force retractors on the front seat belts.
* Advanced multistage air bag systems with an occupant-classification system for the front passenger that measures conditions for activation or deactivation of the passenger-side air bag based upon the weight of the occupant.
* Energy-absorbing steering column.
* Front crush sensors located inside the engine compartment that measure the severity of the impact and relay crash information to safety systems in the occupant compartment.
Durango’s crash performance was verified through a program of severe testing that went beyond the current government standards, including a 40-mph offset frontal crash simulating a high-speed vehicle-to-vehicle impact. “In addition to frontal crash protection, we have done a lot of things to offer additional protection to Durango occupants in all kinds of crashes,” Donoughe noted. The front bumper and frame were lowered seven inches to make the full-size SUV Durango compatible with the front ends of passenger cars in the event of an impact.
Durango’s top rating performance was manifested through a series of severe testing that went beyond the current government standards. This included a 40-mph offset frontal crash simulating a high-speed vehicle-to-vehicle impact. “In addition to frontal crash protection, we have done a lot of things to offer additional protection to Durango occupants in all kinds of crashes,” Donoughe noted. To make the full-size SUV Durango compatible with the front ends of passenger cars in the event of an impact, the front bumper and frame were lowered by seven inches. Meanwhile, Chrysler Group was also one of the first companies to introduce side-curtain air bag technology to cover all three rows of seats in the Chrysler Pacifica. This is yet another proof of Chrysler’s dedication in assuring the safety and security of its consumers.
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