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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; four stars, side impact protection and rollover resistance
Good," frontal-offset crash
visibility can be hampered at times
Car and Driver
The 2008 Chrysler 300 gets impressive scores in crash tests, but some safety gear is optional on selected models.
The 300 received top marks from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (five stars for front impact protection, four for side impact and rollover resistance), as well as the more demanding standards of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ("good" for frontal-offset crashes).
Cars.com indicates that "antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are included on all but the base [2008 Chrysler 300] sedan," but notes that "front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are optional." This omission regarding the Chrysler 300 2008's safety equipment is cause for concern, since most injury accidents are the result of side impacts. Edmunds reports that "ABS, traction control and stability control are optional on the base [2008 Chrysler] 300 LX but standard on all other models," though they confirm that "front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are optional on all [Chrysler 300 2008] models"--including the 300C SRT8.
All of these models, including the 300C SRT8, have visibility issues, according to Cars.com, which reports "visibility can be hampered at times." However, Cars.com says "abundant glass and large mirrors help visibility."
The 2008 Chrysler 300 has good crash-test scores, but base versions don’t include standard anti-lock brakes or curtain airbags.