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2010 Chrysler Town & Country SafetyTec – Click above for high-res image gallery

Although the Chrysler Group still has a rather large amount of floor space here at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the company didn't have a lot to offer this year...at least not just-baked stuff for the assembled media. Instead of showing off a new 300 or maybe even a 200C hybrid, they merely gathered up a bunch of older concepts and special editions and dropped them off at Javits. Chrysler at least had the good sense not to have a press conference. To be fair, the Pentastar is struggling and we don't mean to kick them when they're down so we'll focus on the positive instead.

One new vehicle we found amidst the recently unveiled specials was a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country with seemingly every one of Chrysler's latest safety and security features. The press release, which you'll find after the jump, says the package includes the company's Rear Cross Path (RCP) and Blind-spot Monitoring systems (BSM) to help drivers in making "safe lane changes and backing out of high-traffic parking situations." Both features are apparently firsts in this segment.

This new "SafetyTec" package, as it's known, is an option on the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring and new Touring "Plus" models, and will be standard on the Town & Country Limited. The grouping includes standard and optional safety and security features like multi-stage airbags, seatbelt pretensioning, constant-force seat-belt retractors (CFR), active head restraints and supplemental side-curtain air bags. There are also accident-avoidance features like Smart Brake and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), plus security features like an anti-theft alarm and the Sentry Key engine immobilizer among other things. If Chrysler knows anything, it's minivans and the importance of safety to minivan buyers.

The new SafetyTec package will be available late spring at an undisclosed price. Follow the jump to read the long laundry list of included features and take a look at our gallery below.

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Chrysler Group LLC Displays Safety and Security Features in 2010 Chrysler Town & Country at the New York International Auto Show

* Chrysler Group offers the latest safety and security features to transport passengers and gear safely and securely
* Chrysler Group's exclusive Rear Cross Path and Blind-spot Monitoring assist drivers in safe lane changes and backing out of high-traffic parking situations
* New 'SafetyTec' package available in 2010 Chrysler Town & Country

New York, Mar 31, 2010 -

Providing a safer environment for driver and passengers, Chrysler Group LLC is showcasing the company's available safety and security features in a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country visual display at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Features such as multi-stage airbags, Chrysler Group's exclusive Rear-Cross Path (RCP) system and Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) demonstrate the company's effort to continuously improve the overall performance of its products.

"Through a broad range of advanced safety and security systems, Chrysler Group is offering the latest technology to assist our customers in everyday driving situations," said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "Both passive and active safety systems enhance the inherent security we design into all Chrysler, Ram Truck, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles."

Chrysler, Ram Truck, Jeep and Dodge vehicles employ a two-fold safety approach: conventional safety features, such as seatbelt pretensioning, constant-force seat-belt retractors (CFR), active head restraints and supplemental side-curtain air bags, combined with accident-avoidance features, including Smart Brake, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition, security features, such as anti-theft alarms and Sentry Key® engine immobilizer, provide the utmost vehicle-theft protection.

New SafetyTec Package Surrounds Occupants With Segment-exclusive Active Safety Features

The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country delivers the minivan segment's highest levels of luxury and refinement, and now delivers segment-exclusive active safety features across the lineup with the new SafetyTec package. The new package raises the bar in the minivan segment with segment-first innovations including BSM and RCP accident-avoidance systems. Additional features include Parksense® rear-park assist, Parkview® rear back-up camera (available with Media Center™ 430 touchscreen radio), rain-sensing windshield wipers, mirrors with integrated turn-signal lamps and BSM/RCP indicators and an Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM). The new SafetyTec package will be available late spring on the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring, the new Touring "Plus," and standard on the Town & Country Limited.

The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country received the highest possible U.S. Government crash test rating of Five Stars in both front and side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also rated the Chrysler Town & Country "Good" in Frontal Occupant Protection and "Good" in Side Occupant Protection--highest rating possible.

The following safety and security features are in a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country visual display at the New York International Auto Show:

Active head restraints (AHR)
AHR move forward and upward in the event of a rearward, rear-end collision to decrease the space between the headrest and the occupant's head, thereby helping to reduce the chance of injury.

Air bags (multi-stage)
Regulates the amount of air bag necessary for the front passengers by crash severity.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions.

Auto headlamps
Selectable headlight setting that uses a sensor to detect exterior light and turns on headlights automatically.

Auto-reverse windows or door
Automatically reverses the direction of a power window or door (to the down or open position) when an obstruction exists.

Periodically activates a chime and illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without being properly belted.

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.

Child seat anchor system
ISOFIX is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats.

Child-protection rear-door locks
Disables the rear doors' inside-release handle via a small lever on the door-shut face.

Constant-force Retractors (CFR)
Seat belt retractor senses vehicle impact and immediately applies a load to the seat belt in order to properly position the occupant before the full load of the vehicle impact is imparted onto the occupant. It then reduces the seat-belt load in order to moderate forces imparted onto the occupant during the impact event.

Door alert
Selectable feature that automatically flashes signal lights on the side of the vehicle in which a sliding door is opening (minivan).

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Adjusts braking pressure front to rear, based on weight distribution of passengers and cargo in order to minimize brake dive during hard braking.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
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 such as snow, ice or gravel. If there's a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering wheel and the vehicle's path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input in order to guide the vehicle back onto the driver's intended path.

Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on interior lighting, flashing hazard lamps and unlocking doors after air-bag deployment. Also shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine.

Height-adjustable seat belts
Allows occupants to raise and lower the shoulder belt. This system encourages seat-belt usage by offering a more comfortable fit.

High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
Provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved nighttime illumination.

HomeLink universal transceiver
Stores three separate transmitter radio-frequency codes to operate garage-door openers, security gates, security lighting or other radio-controlled devices.

Interior head-impact protection
Interior pillars above the beltline and instrument panel, including areas around the windshield and rear-window headers, roof and side-rail structures, and shoulder-belt turning loops specifically designed to limit head-impact force.

Knee bolsters
The lower instrument panel and the glove box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling air bags to work effectively.

Rain-sensing wipers
A driver convenience feature that automatically senses moisture on the windshield and activates wipers.

Rear-interior conversation mirror
A convex mirror located in the overhead console above the inside rearview mirror allows the driver to see rear-seat occupants without turning and looking back.

Seat-belt pretensioners
During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners in order to immediately remove slack, thereby reducing the forward movement of occupants' heads and torsos.

Sentry Key® engine immobilizer
Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a pre-programmed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder, and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds.

SmartBeam® headlamps
Intelligent headlamp system adjusts to ambient light and oncoming traffic in order to deliver maximum lighting.

Smart Brake
Chrysler Group began implementing the smart brake in 2003. When a disagreement exists between the throttle and the brake, the brake signal causes the engine controller to reduce engine power, allowing the operator to stop the car.

Supplemental side-curtain air bags
Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers, including third-row outboard passengers in vehicles so equipped. The system includes sensors, adjacent to both front-and rear-seat occupants, which are calibrated to deploy the side airbag and curtain during impacts that require air bag occupant protection.

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

Traction Control System (TCS)
Helps to keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during slow speeds by applying individual brakes alone or in combination with engine torque limitation to prevent wheel slip.

Uconnect™ Phone
In-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows you to talk on your Bluetooth compatible phone with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The built-in phonebook sync feature automatically downloads as many as 1,000 phone book entries from supported phones, which can then be selected by simply saying their name.

Voice Command
Chrysler Group LLC's hands-free voice recognition system helps drivers keep their eyes on the road. Many features are operable using Voice Command®, including navigation destinations. Voice Command is standard with Uconnect Phone.

About Chrysler Group LLC
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group LLC's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the "SafetyTec" package should be perfect for the place that Chrysler (not the cars) will go with Fiat... (and Sergio is "one man a lot of words", if he say 3 month, you can wait for 6 months...).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a little surprised that they didn't show one with the Pentastar engine in place. They have begun the pilot production already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pentastars are only going into new and refreshed products, ads more value that way.

        As a long time Mopar guy, I'm looking forward to seeing what Sergio has up his sleeve in few months. Many have cried for a Steve Jobs like leader for Detroit and Marchionne is the closest we will see to that ideal. Anyhow, Sergio has to have ten times the leadership abilitiy Nardelli had on the best day of this life.

        "One last chance to make it real" Bruce
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how they still outsell KIA by a wide margin, and top them in the quality rankings as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, I just saw the sales figures for March and Kia apparently sold 10,000 more vehicles than Chrysler. So much for that wide margin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And this is news... how?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have an acronym to add: BFD. Most of that stuff is standard on any modern vehicle. BeltAlert? Spare me. The rest is to compensate for people who never learned to drive safely, and now can continue to be oblivious because their mini van is watching out for them. These people should be taken off the road, not given crutches.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler sales man, AngeloD.
        Kia sedona is not so bad car as you says.
        The American configuration earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for all seating positions in frontal and side-impact crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also rates the Sedona “Good” — its highest rating — in front, side and rear impacts. The IIHS has christened the 2006 Sedona a “Gold Top Safety Pick,” making the Sedona (and the similar Hyundai Entourage) the safest minivan currently tested.
        Kia sedona is 4th inexpensive Cars to Insure.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm referring to the KIA Sedonia above.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just another bunch of reasons to have to take your perfectly good vehicle into the dealer to get fixed. These will have no bearing on the drive-ability of your vehicle but the warning lights lighting up the dashboard like a Xmas tree will drive you nuts. If one system goes down I wonder how many others it will take out as well? I'm only assuming, but I would think the ESC system going down would also take out ABS and Traction control. Even though we have modern day diagnostic tools, this has to add miles of wiring to an already expansive wiring harness; good luck looking for the short.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe you got voted down Tony because the rest of us drive modern vehicles with all kinds of these toys and add ons without any problems. Even a base model Versa (sans Radio) is already wired from end to end and full of computers. There is simply no way to escape it and no point omitting features since they are already wired to the gills anyway. It isn't like the old days. Every single light and switch is computer controlled.

        Early ABS systems got a bad rap because GM got a deal on a REALLY CHEAP ABS system so they made it standard for awhile to sell cars. Then everyone else tried to follow suit. Dashes lit up like Christmas trees as these cheap systems failed. Everyone learned their lessons and the systems they use now are much better and more durable.

        Personally I am a big fan of stability control and other systems like it that keep me from having to experience having a airbag in the face. I have a button I can use to turn it off when I want to but around here where we have winters that include black ice it comes in handy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you Tony about safe driving habits and the right equipment like winter tires. However they haven't made the Tracker since 2004 and it wasn't a shinning example of GM/Suzuki Engineering so your experiences might not relate to the more modern vehicles. Ironically the Tracker had issues with being tippy that GM's optional stability control made a big difference with which became the main case for including it on more vehicles.

        You were probably safe to go with the added toys on your 2007 Nissan. We have a 2007 Ford Freestar with all the toys and not a single complaint with any of them. I tend to keep my vehicles until it is time to give the keys to the wrecker (or my needs change) so we will see long term how we both make out. I would much rather spend $200 five years from now to fix an issue with my power windows than live without them for the next 10 years. To me when I keep my vehicles so long whether I am buying new or used I don't see the point of skimping on features.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not too worried about the Freestar. It's my third Windstar. For all the yapping on the internet we have done fine with them. But we run on synthetic oil too and do proper fluid changes on time. As a result we have never blown an engine or transmission in one.

        The first Windstar went to it's grave under it's own power after many years and almost 300,000kms. The A/C still worked even. Eventually it needed an exhaust job and when we realized that was going to cost more than what the vehicle was worth we decided to upgrade to something newer. The 2nd Windstar was a 2003. We gave it to my uncle when we got the Freestar and he still drives it trouble free to this day. All the complaints about the interior lights coming on are solved by a spray to the connectors with some WD-40 once a season. Looking at the ratings for our 2007 after a few years it has virtually identical reliability ratings to the Honda Odyssey of the same year that my sister owns. Except hers now has a major safety recall on it and cost twice as much. Not to mention the parts are less than half what you would pay for Honda parts because we live within driving distance of where the Freestar was made.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If autoblog would actually pay attention, Sergio has said that there will not be any new production showings until the car is 3 months from release. Hence why the Grand Cherokee has gone back into hiding. It's why you haven't seen the new Durango, 300, or Charger either although these cars are already finished.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeez, I get a half a star rating for telling the truth. What, did the Mopar fanatic society get onto this blog to root out all bad remarks about Chrysler.
        Get real people my comment would apply to every car or truck made today except maybe a Marhindra. I bought my 07 Altima 3.5 SE without the tech pkg or the VSC pkg or the Nav pkg just for this reason. I hate warning lights going off, so the fewer of them the better.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I too live in Ontario Canada with winters. I have a 4wd Chevy Tracker for my winter driving duties. It doesn't have ABS because a vehicle can stop in less distance in snow and gravel without ABS. I put on a great winter tire, Toyo Observe G-02 plus and keep my distance and speed down versus others who insist on driving with all-seasons year round. I have no doubt that all these electronic gizmos are great but they cannot and should not replace driving responsibly and respectfully; both attributes sorely lacking on to-days roads.
        I tend to keep my cars until death do us part, so I try and purchase cars with as few features as possible. If you lease or trade in your car every couple of years, go for it and get all the bells and whistles; but remember this, a nav system adds 10% to the price of a vehicle and reduces the resale of the vehicle by 10%.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As someone who just received a 2010 Chrysler T&C Limited last month I can speak with authority on this... two things...

      First, the "Rear Cross Path (RCP) and Blind-spot Monitoring systems (BSM)" system is not just a novelty... it's freaking awesome. I appreciate this feature every single time I change lanes in traffic or back out of a parking spot... it just works. (It's one of the main reasons we chose the T&C over the competition.) Also, by default it's not intrusive all. While driving if someone enters your blind spot, a small indicator will light in the rearview mirror on that side. If you aren't looking a the rear-view mirrors... you'd have no idea the system was on. Only when you are backing out of a parking space will the system also sound an alert chime. Further, this is all configurable within the personal settings if you don't want it on.

      Second, I can't spot anything new here... all this stuff is on my current T&C Limited as ordered with the currently available "Safety Sphere" package... in other words... it seems like they are simply moving around the options and packaging.

      That is all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drive or live with one of their minivans and you'll appreciate them. Can't find a more utility-oriented vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This piece of news is sooooooooooooooo lame.
      How about an OnStar or Sync type system in your vehicles...at least as an option.
      You had a deal with Hughes Aircraft for such a system and you blew it.
      Get with the program.
      Fiat can't do it ALL for you.
      Wow, Chrysler...what rubbish U offer the public as new tech.
      This is news?

      • 5 Years Ago
      The differences... and I mean BIG differences, between Chrysler and Ford are astronomical.
      First, Ford has not had 3 different corporate changes of ownership in the loast decade.
      Secondly, Ford has always had new products under develiopment in the pipeline, whereas Chrysler has chosen to let what little innovation they came up with die on the vine.
      Thirdly, and probably the biggest difference, Ford planned for a more profitable future about 6 years ago with the "Way Forward" plan; buying out about 30000 employees (if I remember right) and reducing costs through future plant shutdowns. That has led to where Ford is in the "One Ford" world; cost reductions through global vehicles and lack of redundancy.
      Ford... smart.
      Chrysler... ummm... not so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "whereas Chrysler has chosen to let what little innovation they came up with die on the vine."

        Truth be told, Daimler and then Cerberus did little to allow Chrysler to do what they needed to do to stay current with the competition. Cheap interiors, foreign platforms (Mitsubishi) not suited for what they were building, and poor leadership (Zetche and Nardelli somewhat) when they used to have great leadership. All of this put Chrysler behind the eight ball. I'd like to see what they can do with their own team in place now. Sergio and company are not the arrogant butt heads that Daimler were or the do nothing heads of Cerberus (the executive heads of Cerberus, not so much Nardelli, Press, and Lasorda, I think they wanted to do more but were held back).
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