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1994 SAFE FAMILY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED TO DODGE CARAVAN BY NATIONAL HEAD INJURY FOUNDATION

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Head Injury Foundation (NHIF) today announced the Dodge Caravan as its recipient of the 1994 Safe Family Vehicle of the Year Award.
 The Caravan received the award for its scores in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head injury criteria (HIC) testing for 1994 vehicles.
 "Since more than 50 percent of all head injuries occur in motor vehicle crashes, we created this award to single out those automotive manufacturers that have made significant strides in preventing injury," said Dr. George A. Zitnay, president and CEO of NHIF. "Because the Dodge Caravan scored the lowest HIC scores of any domestic or import minivan, as well as some of the lowest scores in all vehicle testing, we are pleased to name the Caravan NHIF's Safe Family Vehicle of the Year."
 At a crash speed of 35 mph, HIC scores of 500 or less indicate almost no chance of head injury in a frontal crash, while a score of 1,000 means one in six occupants may sustain a life-threatening head injury. The Caravan received a score of 407 for the driver and 427 for the passenger; about 20 percent below average.
 The National Head Injury Foundation's deep concern about vehicle safety results from these startling statistics: over 50 percent of all head injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle crashes and the average person sustaining a head injury can need five to 10 years of extensive services and can expect to incur lifetime expenses in excess of $4 million.
 Driver and passenger head injury criteria scores are measured by NHTSA. The capacity of a vehicle to prevent head injury is the most important safety feature of a car, according to NHTSA. The Dodge Caravan beat out both domestic and import vehicles in the minivan category.
 Head injury criteria scores of 500 or less indicate almost no chance of head injury in a frontal crash at 35 miles per hour. A score of 1,000 means that one in six occupants may have a life-threatening head injury in such a crash. The Dodge Caravan received a HIC score of 407, almost 20 percent below average. The HIC score for the front passenger was only 427.
 In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiles scores for vehicles based on personal injury protection claims. Scores are relative, with a score of 100 representing an average loss. The Dodge Caravan's score was 59, a clear 40 percent lower than average.
 The Dodge Caravan is the first domestic vehicle to receive this prestigious award from the National Head Injury Foundation. Last year's winner, the Audi 100 CS, received the award because it was the first vehicle to comply with the government's strict 1997 side impact laws.
 Dr. Zitnay said, "I am not only pleased that a domestic vehicle won the award, but equally pleased that an affordable family vehicle won," noting that a dual airbag-equipped Dodge Caravan starts at $14,800.
 "From being the first to offer an airbag in a minivan in 1991, to meeting all 1998 passenger car safety requirements in 1994, this award is solid accolade for years of dedicated work," said William Hines, manager of Dodge Marketing Plans. "It is especially satisfying to be recognized by such a credible group as NHIF. We're also pleased that this award came at the hands of objective tests by NHTSA, and not subjective criteria."
 The National Head Injury Foundation is a 12-year-old membership organization whose mission is to advocate for and with survivors of head injury, to secure and develop community-based services, to support research which leads to better outcomes for survivors of head injury, and to promote the prevention of traumatic brain injury through public awareness, education, and legislation. The Foundation presents an award to the automobile industry for its contribution to the prevention of motor vehicle crashes on an annual basis.
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 /CONTACT: Eric C. Savader of National Head Injury Foundation, 202-296-6443; or Chris Preuss of Chrysler, 313-576-8095/
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