2015 Chrysler 200 Goes through Rigorous Quality Checks

May 14, 2014 02:10 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is pushing for maximum safety on its new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, daily selecting random vehicles to test for quality.

As part of an "exhaustive quality process," the sedans go through a center for quality audits and technical measurements before they're ever shipped to dealers, Edmunds.com reported.

More than 400 vehicle functions are examined at the Quality Assurance Center, which is at the Sterling Heights plant in Michigan.

"The newly constructed Quality Assurance Center, body shop, paint shop and metrology center significantly raise quality levels at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant," Chrysler said in a statement on Wednesday, as quoted by Edmunds.

Described as a "clean-room environment," the center's laboratory gives engineers a place to find any problems with the vehicles and inspect them for fit-and-finish.

According to Chrysler, 3,500 quality control steps have been implemented into the car's production, while the number of quality inspectors has been increased from 22 to 50 for additional safety assurance.

Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan for the recently merged company, saying earlier this month that the company will invest billions into its brands to offer new models and increase sales.

The automaker that will soon have new London headquarters isn't the only one to invest in extra inspectors. In the wake of the infamous ignition switch debacle, General Motors more than doubled its number of product inspectors and restructured its global engineering group to prevent safety issues from being overlooked.

With 35 more product investigators, the American automaker puts the new team at 55 product inspectors, The Associated Press reported. Under the restructuring, the product integrity part will oversee vehicle and engine engineering along with safety, and the vehicle components organization will overview parts engineering and development.

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