The 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick awards were originally announced in December 2010 (click here for more on that) and when that list was offered, there were 66 vehicles and 5 cars and SUVs from the Chrysler Group. The Dodge Avenger and its Chrysler cousin, the 200 sedan were included in the original list along with the new Dodge Journey and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Patriot.
Unfortunately for the folks under the Pentastar, the debut of the 2011 Dodge Charger was not in time (it debuted about a month prior to the 2011 list being announced) and the 2011 Chrysler 300 did not make its formal debut until the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. However, now that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been able to review these two new full-sized sedans, they have added the muscular 2011 Charger and the more-luxurious Chrysler 300 to the list of the safest vehicles available for the 2011 model year.
This is the first time that the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 have been recognized by the IIHS for being among the safest cars in the country – showing the strides made by the Chrysler Group as they move forward after the industry collapse of 2009. With 7 vehicles for 2011, the Chrysler Group now ranks 6th among major automakers, trailing Hyundai/Kia (9), Volkswagen Auto Group (9), Ford Motor Company (8), General Motors (8) and Toyota (8).
Other Chrysler News:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Announces Top Safety Picks
Dodge takes the 2011 Challenger, Charger back to the dyno
The Dodge display from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
The Chrysler brand vehicles of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
Jeep celebrates their 70th birthday at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show