AUBURN HILLS, MI — The new 2005 Dodge Dakota Club Cab has received a five-star rating in front and side-impact crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Dodge Dakota marks the eighth consecutive new Chrysler Group product to receive five-star frontal crash-test rating. A five-star rating means the likelihood of injury in a frontal crash is 10 percent or less. Safety features on the Dakota include a hydroformed and fully-boxed frame that improves handling, accident avoidance, and crash protection. The new, award-winning and patented octagonal front frame rail tips help absorb impacts in a frontal crash. Additionally, the 2005 Dodge Dakota features a new advanced airbag system that includes dual-stage front airbags and an occupant-sensing system for the passenger-side front airbag. Other safety features available on the new Dodge Dakota include side-curtain airbags, which cover both rows of seats on Club and Quad Cabs. Rear seat positions in the Dodge Dakota feature three-point shoulder belts, including a new center seating position on the Quad Cab. Designed to maintain optimal positioning in case of an impact, rear seats on the new Dodge Dakota feature fixed outboard rear head restraints, mounted to the roof and cab back as well as larger coverage head restraints that are fixed to the top of the outboard rear seats. Starting with the Chrysler Pacifica in 2003, Chrysler Group has had eight consecutive product launches that produced NHTSA-rated five-star vehicles for frontal crash protection. Vehicles include: Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler and Dodge Minivan, Dodge Durango, Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram Quad, Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Dakota. The 2005 Dodge Dakota Club Cab is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Mich.

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