Here’s a statistic for you: For the 2010 model year, Chrysler Group LLC products make up nearly 15 percent of the total vehicles named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Specifically, the IIHS selected the 2010 Jeep® Patriot, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010 Dodge Avenger and 2010 Dodge Journey for the awards.  That makes two years running for the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger and Dodge Journey as IIHS safety choices for both the 2009 and 2010 model years.  The awards also represent the latest tangible example of the company’s commitment to both safety and quality. 

“Chrysler showed the most improvement of any automaker for 2010,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.  “These Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models are part of an elite group that afford the best overall crash protection and have electronic stability control, which can help keep drivers out of crashes altogether.”

In addition to ESC with traction control, all four vehicles include Brake Assist and Anti-lock Braking System, driver and front-passenger active head restraints, front seat-mounted side airbags and advanced multi-stage front airbags.

All four vehicles also include company’s new active head restraint system for front-seat occupants.  So if another vehicle rear-ends one of the top picks, the head restraints move forward, removing the space between the head rest and the occupants’ head.  That helps reduce whiplash types of injuries.