2009 Ram Big on Safety Features

The 2009 Dodge Ram includes 35 safety and security features.

In addition to offering a standard four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), the 2009 Dodge Ram safety and security features include standard advanced multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, standard supplemental side-curtain air bags and available ParkSense Rear Park Assist System.

Chrysler employs a two-fold safety approach: passive safety features including pre-tensioning and load-limiting seat belt retractors and supplemental side-curtain air bags, combined with active accident-avoidance safety features including responsive steering and handling and braking.

For the 2008 model year, Chrysler offers eight vehicles that earned five stars in governmental crash tests (front and side) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Chrysler Pacifica and Town & Country; Jeep(R) Liberty and Grand Cherokee; and Dodge Nitro, Caliber, Dakota and Grand Caravan.

The 2008 Dodge Ram earned five-star ratings for front impact (driver and passenger).

Following are some of the safety and security features:

  • Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of an impact. Meets FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for small out-of-position occupants.

  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions - advanced ABS modulates each of the four brakes individually for optimum control and stopping performance.

  • Brake Assist: In a panic brake condition, the system applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest possible stopping distance.

  • Brake/Park Interlock: Prevents an automatic transmission or transaxle from being shifted out of Park unless the brake pedal is applied

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the greatest benefit in critical driving situations, such as turns, and is especially valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there's a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering wheel and the vehicle's path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input in order to put the vehicle back onto the driver's intended path.

  • Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM): Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system informs occupants when tire pressure is too low.

  • Trailer Sway Control System: Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic. Software monitors the vehicle's movement relative to the driver's intended path, then applies brake pressure to slow the vehicle and increases the pressure on one front wheel to counteract sway induced by the trailer.
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