The NHTSA this morning awarded a 5-star overall crash test rating to the 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. The cars scored five stars in front, but a 4-star rollover rating. These ratings combine with the coveted “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS for a formidable combination of safety marks by the best in the business.
“We’re very pleased that both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger have achieved the highest overall rating,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President-Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “The results of these tests reflect crashworthiness and performance in different scenarios.”
Throwing some cold water on the celebration is the news that Chrysler initiated a voluntary recall for 2011-2012 Dodge Charger Police vehicles. The recall is to change and/or relocate the anti-lock brake and stability control system fuse, and replace the headlamp jumper harness. According to Chrysler, some vehicles could experience a loss of low-beam headlight power as a result of an overheated bulb harness capacitor.
“The conditions tend to occur when police vehicles are exposed to severe police duty vehicle cycles for an extended period of time including, long durations of high speed, evasive driving when used as training vehicles for police forces and extended idling,” said David Dillon, Head of Product Investigation and Campaigns. “We will continue to monitor the retail fleet for any occurrence of this condition beyond police vehicles.”