The completely redesigned, 2015 Chrysler 200 has successfully navigated the small overlap crash test of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. In fact, the 200 was granted the "Good" rating, the best that can be granted by the institute. This is a step up from the "acceptable" rating won by the previous generation. With the highest rating of the five IIHS elevated choices, plus a new collision warning alert system, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has now earned the Best Safety Pick + designation.
In the small overlap test, the car's cabin has been well preserved, and the extent of injuries recorded by the crash test dummy shows that, in reality, the driver would not suffer any significant injuries in a similar accident. The dummy's head was well cushioned by the airbag, and remained in place during the accident. The car's side air bag also deployed, and provided sufficient protection to prevent the dummy's head from striking side structures. The 200 won high marks for all aspects of the small overlap crash test, that is to say, for all the physical parts of the dummy.
The institute added that the small overlap crash test was added to the battery of tests in 2012. It replicates a collision where 25 percent of the front end of the vehicle strikes a solid barrier on the driver's side, at a speed of 40 mph. This test is designed to simulate what would happen if the front corner of the vehicle on the driver's side were to hit another vehicle, or another object such as a tree or utility pole.
The Chrysler 200 wins high marks for preventing collisions before they happen, when equipped with the optional collision warning system with automatic braking, part of a set called SafetyTec. On a test track, the system has completely stopped the car during the test at 12 miles per hour after slowing the car significantly from a speed of 25 mph.
To be eligible for a Best Choice Security + rating, a vehicle must earn a grade of "Good" or "Acceptable" in the small overlap crash test, and "Good" in each of the other tests, as well as providing a collision prevention system.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca