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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta and Passat Praised for Safety Features

Two Independent Auto Safety Organizations Praise Volkswagen's Safety Equipment

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) continued to praise the outstanding safety features that are built into Volkswagen automobiles by naming the four-door 2006 Rabbit a "Top Safety Pick—Silver." Earlier this year, the IIHS also designated the 2006 Jetta as a "Top Safety Pick—Silver."

Volkswagen’s outstanding performance and safety record was also recognized by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who gave the 2006 and 2007 four-door Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta, and Passat each four stars for driver and passenger frontal crash protection. The Rabbit and Jetta were bestowed with five stars for driver and rear passenger side crash protection, and the Passat received five stars for the driver and four stars for the rear passenger side crash protection.

The 2006 Passat was also awarded "Top Safety Pick—Silver" honors from the IIHS, and merited the top performance rating in both the front and side impact tests conducted by the Institute.

"Safety is implicit in Volkswagen engineering," beamed a proud Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Our philosophy is to bring the most effective active and passive safety technology to the widest range of models, at a moderate price."

Volkswagen makes highly-developed passive and active safety apparatus standard on all Volkswagens, including driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system, Side Curtain Protection®, rear passenger side thorax only (available as a $350 option on the Jetta, Passat, and four-door Rabbit), rear crash optimized head restraints, daytime running lights, and three-point safety belts for all seating positions. Front occupant protection is maximized by the use of front seat belts use pre-tensioners with load limiters.

Volkswagen's status as an innovative leader in safety is founded on the company’s development of equipment that can help avoid accidents, such as four-wheel disc ABS brakes, combined with an engine braking assist system. Their electro-mechanical power steering system can help assist with straight-ahead driving adjustments. Independent research shows that Volkswagen’s electronic stabilization program is an increasingly essential safety feature. To help to keep drivers and passengers safe, Volkswagen cars are available with Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Brake- pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist.

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