AUBURN HILLS, Mich., – The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart has earned a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the regulatory agency’s highest grade.

Chrysler Group LLC’s new compact sedan recorded 5-star results in both overall frontal and side-impact crash tests for an overall 5-star score.

“The 5-star safety rating is further evidence that the all-new Dodge Dart is much more than a stylish, fun-to-drive vehicle,” says Reid Bigland, Dodge President and CEO and Chrysler Group’s Head of U.S. Sales. “The Dart represents genuine value, which we at Chrysler recognize is a precious commodity to consumers.”

The crash tests, conducted by NHTSA, reflect a more demanding set of protocols adopted for model-year 2011. Described by the agency as “rigorous” and “tougher,” the tests are designed to more accurately reflect the benefits of today’s more advanced safety technologies.

The Dodge Dart features 10 standard-equipment air bags and one of the auto industry’s highest content-ratios of high-strength steel.

NHTSA’s announcement marks the Dart’s second major safety accolade in recent weeks, having earned a 2012 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Dodge Dart achieved the maximum possible rating in each of the four crash tests used by the IIHS to evaluate occupant protection, the primary attribute of a 2012 Top Safety Pick – the organization’s highest safety honor.


Source: PRNewswire / Dodge

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