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Dart earns 5 stars from NHTSA

by Bill Cawthon on

The 2013 Dodge Dart has earned a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s the agency’s highest grade.

The newest member of the Dodge line received the maximum grade, five stars, in both overall frontal and side-impact crash tests.

“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 CEO. “The Dart represents genuine value, which we at Chrysler recognize is a precious commodity to consumers.”

The Dart, with 10 standard-equipment air bags and one of the auto industry’s highest content-ratios of high-strength steel, passed the new, more demanding NHTSA protocols adopted for model-year 2011. The agency says the tests are “rigorous” and “tougher” and are intended to more accurately gauge today’s more advanced safety technologies.

The Dodge Dart has also been named a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Dart scored the maximum possible rating in each of the IIHS’s four crash test.

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 just-auto.com, 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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