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New Dodge shows its calibre in crash tests

The Dodge Caliber scored four out of five stars for adult occupant protection in Euro NCAP’s latest safety test results. It was awarded four stars for child occupant protection and just one star in pedestrian protection.

Euro NCAP’s comments on the safety features of the Dodge Caliber:

Front impact
There was insufficient pressure in both driver and passenger airbags to prevent the dummies from making contact with the steering wheel and dashboard respectively. Structures in the dashboard presented a potential hazard to the knees and femurs of both front seat occupants.

Side impact
The Caliber scored maximum points in the side impact and pole tests.

Dodge dealers can disable the front passenger airbag to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. The dangers of doing so without first disabling the airbag were not clearly indicated in the warning labels. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked.

Pedestrian protection
Neither the bumper nor the front edge of the bonnet scored any points for the protection they offered to pedestrians' legs. Most of the bonnet scored no points and was rated as poor for the protection offered to the heads of adult and child pedestrians.

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