January 6, 2007 , Detroit - Chrysler Group has been the innovator of safety and security features in the minivan segment for more than 23 years, and the new 2008 minivans continue that legacy. Driver and front-passenger air bags, integrated child safety seats, center, high-mounted brake light, the fourth door, patented, energy-absorbing steering column and power liftgate with obstacle detection all appeared first on Chrysler Group minivans.

“Minivans are the safest vehicle segment on the road today,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team, Chrysler Group. “The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan carry on that tradition by offering abundant standard safety and security features for today’s families.”

The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans are equipped with advanced, multistage driver and low-risk deployment passenger air bags; all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags with additional rollover protection; driver and front-passenger knee blockers; Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist; a patented energy-absorbing steering column; and LATCH child seat anchors.

The all-new 2008 minivans have been designed with key structural enablers to help keep the passenger compartment intact in case of an accident. The engine box is designed to manage energy with the use of straight front-rail tips, nylon inserts in the rail kick down, dual-phase 590 steel in the octagonal front inner and outer rail, a mid-dash cross member for added reinforcement and engine cradle attachment posts that help absorb energy.

The new minivans also feature reinforced roof bows and high-strength steel reinforcements in the sill, inner and middle B-pillar and D-pillar.

Additional safety and security features include: a rearview interior conversation mirror; power-adjustable pedals; remote, keyless, illuminated entry; power sliding passenger doors and power liftgate; an available remote start option; ParkSense™ rear back-up detection system; ParkView™ rear back-up camera; and three-point restraints for all passengers.