Earlier this month, the 2013 Dodge Dart earned the honor of being named a Top Safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Today, the Dart picked up its second major automotive industry safety standard award, earning five stars from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Both the Top Safety pick and five-star rating are the highest safety ratings bestowed from each organization, respectively.
The NHTSA evaluates select new cars with a new testing procedure put in place for the 2011 model year. These new procedures are believed to be more arduous than their predecessors and have been designed to showcase new safety technology in a more efficient way. During the NHTSA’s testing, the Dart earned five stars in both frontal and side-impact crash testing while on its way to a five-star overall rating from the agency. During the IIHS’s testing, the Dart also earned the highest possible rating in all four of the agency’s categories.
Some of the reason why the 2013 Dodge Dart was able to score so highly on the government’s standardized safety testing is due to the high-strength steel that makes up 68 percent of the new sedan’s body. Standard safety features include dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags, front seat-mounted pelvic and thorax airbags, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and two curtain airbags that deploy on each side of the vehicle. Other standard safety features include electronic stability control, roll mitigation, traction control, anti-lock brakes, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection.