updated 6/19/2005 6:22:38 PM ET 2005-06-19T22:22:38

Chrysler

Chrysler Group's 2005 Chrysler 300 has performed well under a variety of internal and external tests, exceeding all Federal safety standards for frontal impact protection.  The Chrysler 300 received five stars, the top rating, for driver and front passenger protection in a frontal crash in the government’s NCAP test.

Passenger safety was a priority in the design and engineering of the Chrysler 300, including body structure and restraints, such as multi-stage airbags for driver and front passenger. While no single test can determine a vehicle's overall safety performance, the Chrysler Group continues to pursue every opportunity to improve the crashworthiness of its vehicles.  Our priority continues to be designing vehicles that perform safely for our customers and their families in “everyday” driving conditions.

While the Chrysler 300 is equipped with advanced safety technologies, we urge our customers to remember that the most effective safety equipment in a collision is the seat belt.

Kia

Kia Motors America, Inc., (KMA) is pleased to learn that the 2005 Kia Amanti earned a “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in a recent high speed frontal offset test- a test that substantially exceeds federal requirements for occupant protection. 

The Amanti is equipped with eight standard passenger airbags, including dual-front; front and rear seat-mounted side airbags; and full-length side curtain airbags.  The Amanti large size sedan is also equipped with standard antilock brakes, with optional electronic stability control available.

We believe that the Amanti’s safety features contributed to it receiving IIHS’ highest ratings for protection of the head and neck, areas most critical for survivability.   The only area where the Amanti received an “acceptable” rating was in forces to the driver’s lower right leg, indicating possible injuries in a crash of this severity.  While we are disappointed that the IIHS did not list the Amanti as a  “Best Pick,” we are confident that the Amanti is a safe vehicle and offers effective protection to its occupants.

We are pleased that in those areas for driver and passenger survivability, the Amanti performed extremely well.

Toyota

Thank you for the opportunity to once again express Toyota’s views on crash tests conducts by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and particularly, the most recent test involving our 2005 Avalon.

While Toyota is very interested in the results of the IIHS and other third party tests, the Avalon, like all Toyota and Lexus products, meets or exceeds all federal government motor vehicle safety standards. Toyota conducts comprehensive crash tests on all of its vehicle models. This ongoing program consists of both dynamic and simulated tests and evaluations involving impacts at various angles and speeds to confirm performance in a variety of collision models.

Lexus

Thank you for giving Lexus the opportunity to express its viewpoint on crash tests
conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the
recent test involving the 2006 GS 300.
Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, has a strong interest in the results of third-
party tests like those of the IIHS. We would like to emphasize that all Lexus
products, including the GS 300, meet or exceed all federal government motor
vehicle safety standards. Our company conducts comprehensive crash tests on
all of its Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicle models. This ongoing program
consists of both dynamic and simulated tests and evaluations involving impacts
at various angles and speeds to confirm performance in a variety of collision
modes.

Acura

Having the 2005 RL receive the highest rating awarded in the frontal offset
barrier crash test and being designated a “Best Pick” by the IIHS is very
gratifying for Acura. Our design and development teams take great pride in their
efforts to help ensure that Acura vehicles provide outstanding safety through
innovation.
In addition to the excellent results achieved during IIHS testing, the RL
recently received five-star ratings (the highest possible rating) in the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
frontal barrier tests, side impact tests (SINCAP) and Rollover rating.
The Acura RL utilizes an Advanced Compatibility Engineering. (ACE.)
unit body structure that features front, side, and rear crumple zones to absorb
impact energy.
It is also equipped with a comprehensive list of standard safety features to
help protect its occupants in the event of a collision, including:
• Advanced, dual-stage dual-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s air bags,
which inflate at one of two different rates and thresholds based on the
severity of the collision and seat belt use
• Driver’s and front passenger’s side air bags with passenger-side occupant
size and position sensor system to detect if a child or small-statured adult is
leaning into the airbag’s path of deployment
• Front and rear side-curtain airbags to help minimize injury during a side
impact
• Three-point seat belts for all seating positions
The IIHS tests confirm our efforts to provide our customers with excellent
performance and safety.

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