Press Kit: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Launch

All-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible Provides a Multitude of Safety and Security Features

  • 2008 Sebring Convertible is packed with nearly 30 safety and security features
  • Standard front-seat-mounted side air bags, multi-stage front air bags, seat-integrated safety belts, Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer and Tire Pressure Monitoring on all models 
  • Standard anti-lock brakes and available Electronic Stability Program with Traction Control provide directional control in bad weather
Auburn Hills, Mich. March 30, 2007 Vehicle safety is a top priority at the Chrysler Group, and the all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible offers class-leading safety and security, with a combination of standard active and passive safety features not typically found in the U.S. Specialty Convertible segment.

The all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible features standard front-seat-mounted side air bags for head and thorax protection, driver and passenger multi-stage front air bags, seat-integrated safety belts, Sentry Key® engine immobilizer and Tire Pressure Monitoring system on all models. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard, and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control also is available.

“We engineered the all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible to provide peace of mind for all driving conditions, 365 days a year,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Starting with its solid structure and continuing through with its standard front-seat-mounted side and multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, as well as standard anti-lock brakes, this new Sebring Convertible is designed to keep both the driver and passengers safe and secure.”

Class-leading Safety and Security Features

  • Standard Advanced Multi-stage Driver and Passenger Front Air Bags provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching air bag output to crash severity
  • Standard Front-seat-mounted Side Air Bags deploy for enhanced head and thorax protection during a side impact
  • Low-risk Deployment Air Bags use unique shape, venting, folding patterns, advance inflators or a combination of these four technologies to position and inflate the restraint properly for a belted passenger while also meeting federal safety requirements for out-of-position, small occupants and rear-facing infant seats. Occupants are advised to always sit properly in their seats with the seat belt fastened. Children 12 and younger should always be seated in the back seat, correctly using an infant- or child-restraint system, or have the seat belt positioned correctly for their age and weight
  • Standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
  • Available Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control assists the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability by applying selective braking and throttle control to control oversteer, understeer and to maintain traction during acceleration on slippery surfaces
  • Brake Assist (included with ESP) ensures 100 percent brake efficiency during panic brake situations
  • All-speed Traction Control (included with ESP) senses drive-wheel slip and applies individual brakes to a slipping wheel(s), and can reduce excess engine power until traction is regained
  • Side Guard Door Beams provide occupant protection during a side impact
  • Available Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror dims the light to ease headlight reflection in the driver’s eyes
  • BeltAlert provides an audible and visual warning to alert drivers when their seat belt is unfastened
  • Brake/Park Interlock prevents an automatic transmission or transaxle from being shifted out of Park until the brake pedal is applied
  • Child Seat Anchor System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren [LATCH]) eases installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
  • Constant Force Retractors (CFR) distributes force or load exerted on a seat belt, and then gradually releases the seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner
  • Crumple Zones compress during an accident to absorb energy from an impact, decreasing transfer of that energy to the occupants
  • Available Daytime Running Lamps increase visual contrast between the Sebring Convertible and its surrounding environment
  • Energy-absorbing Steering Column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy-absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management
  • 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 the interior lighting and unlocking the doors after air-bag deployment. Also shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine
  • Available HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver stores three separate transmitter radio-frequency codes to operate garage-door openers, security gates, security lighting or other radio-controlled devices
  • Inside Emergency Trunk Release with a glow-in-the-dark release handle, can be activated in the event of an adult or child being inadvertently trapped inside the trunk
  • Interior Head-impact Protection includes interior pillars above the beltline and instrument panel including areas around windshield and rear window headers, roof and side-rail structures, and shoulder-belt turning loops specifically designed to limit head-impact force
  • Knee Bolsters in the lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling the air bags to work effectively
  • Remote Keyless Entry locks and unlocks doors, and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a vehicle-theft security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system
  • Seat-belt Pretensioners immediately remove slack in the seat belts in a collision situation, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupants’ heads and torsos
  • Available Security Alarm blows the horn intermittently and flashes the turn signal lamps to deter vandalism and theft. It protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring both the door- and liftgate-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry
  • Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a pre-programmed security key code to shut the engine off after a few seconds if the correct key is not inserted
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system alerts the driver to low pressure tire(s) by a warning light in the instrument cluster. A premium system displays individual tire pressure, available with the Electronic Vehicle Information System
  • Available UConnect Hands-free Communication System uses Bluetooth technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible cell phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility