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Chrysler Puts Laser Focus on Airbag Safety

Chrysler Airbag Safety

Since 1988, when Chrysler was the first in the United States to make airbags standard equipment on several of its automobiles, the car manufacturer has made safe airbag technology a priority.

Here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, we’re happy to report on the latest news when it comes to Chrysler airbags.

Leading the pack with airbag deployment

History shows that Chrysler has been ahead of the pack—and the federal regulations—in airbag deployment. In 1991, all Chrysler minivans came with driver’s side front airbags. In 1992, Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first SUV to come with airbags. Chrysler was the first to provide driver and passenger front airbags as standard equipment on the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, and Chrysler Concorde sedans.

By April 1993, four million airbag-equipped Chrysler vehicles had rolled off the company’s assembly line. In October of that year, the Dodge Ram became the first pickup truck to come with standard driver’s side airbags.

Today, multistage front airbags along with supplemental side curtain airbags are standard equipment on most Chrysler vehicles. With the rapid development of airbag technology and a commitment to development, Chrysler continues to improve safety for customers.

Advancement of airbag technology

The first airbags for automobiles were embedded in the steering wheel, preventing many fatalities in head-on collisions when combined with proper seating and securely fastened seat belts. Due to their success, new airbag designs have been developed to better protect occupants from harm during other types of collisions, as well.

Today, airbag technologies use advanced electronics to tailor airbag deployment to such factors as the severity of the crash, the build and posture of the occupant and the distance the occupant is from the airbag system. Multistage inflators can deploy airbags at different levels of force, while sensors in the seats can detect information about the occupants.

The software for these systems is highly complex. But as the company has proven yet again with the voluntary recall of several 2013 minivans to correct a glitch in their side airbag-controlling software, Chrysler is dedicated to improving airbag technology—and always puts customer safety first.

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If you have any questions or concerns about airbag safety in your vehicle, please contact us or come by Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor. When it comes to safety or any other features of your favorite Chrysler vehicles, we’re more than happy to help out.