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Sebring, Avenger earn top safety scores

by Bill Cawthon on

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2010 Chrysler Sebring and 2010 Dodge Avenger its top ratings, naming both Chrysler Group cars as 2009 Top Safety Picks.

Commenting on the award, IIHS President Adrian Lund said, “A vehicle that earns the Top Safety Pick designation provides the best overall protection in the three most common kinds of crashes. Top-level crash-test performance plus electronic stability control to help keep drivers out of crashes are the tough criteria needed to earn this award.”

The mid-size Chrysler sedans come equipped with more than 30 safety and security features, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and advanced, multi-stage air bags.

“We are proud to receive the highest possible ratings from IIHS for the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Chrysler Group. “These sought-after achievements highlight Chrysler’s leadership in safety and security technology and occupant protection.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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