May 21, 2003

Chrysler Pacifica earns highest crash test rating

2004 Chrysler Pacifica
2004 Chrysler pacifica. Photo: Grant Yoxon. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The new 2004 Chrysler Pacifica has earned the highest rating – five-stars – from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its frontal and side impact crash tests.

The Pacifica’s advanced restraint system encompasses seat belts, air bags and sensors to optimize occupant protection in the event of a crash. In addition to side curtain air bags, the Pacifica provides the first Chrysler Group inflatable knee blocker. Located just below the steering column, the knee blocker helps to reduce potential leg injuries in a crash. It also aids in appropriately positioning the driver to get the full safety benefit of the restraint system.

Multi-stage driver and passenger air bags deploy at various levels based on the severity of the crash. Two charges on the air bag module are triggered separately. A minor impact will trigger a low-power deployment while a more severe impact will prompt a more high-powered deployment to optimize occupant protection. The sophisticated driver air bag works in conjunction with the energy-absorbing steering wheel, patent-pending steering column and inflatable knee blocker to provide supplemental restraints in frontal impacts.

“From its inception, Chrysler Pacifica was developed with thorough attention to safety, quality and refinement,” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President-Family Vehicle Product Team. “The five-star rating is yet another example of the many attributes that will further enhance the image of the Chrysler brand and draw families to this compelling new vehicle.”

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