The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some good news for owners of the 2015 Chrysler 200.
The midsized car earned a top rating of good in the small overlap front crash test giving it a high-enough rating to take home the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The redesigned car increased its crash rating from the previous model.
The IIHS has been running multiple batches of small cars through the overlap test, which simulates what happens when the corner of a vehicle crashes into another car or fixed object - like a tree – at 40 mph.
Measurements from the test dummy indicated that in a real-world crash of this severity, there would be a low risk of injury. The dummy's head was well controlled by the front airbag and the side airbag provided the dummy protection from the door or dashboard.
The 200 earns a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with its optional forward collision warning system with autobrake, part of a package called SafetyTec.
To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, good ratings in the institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.