RAM Passenger Van Safety List

1. Air Bags – Ram ProMaster features six air bags for standard protection. Advanced driver and front-passenger air bags deploy during a severe frontal or near-frontal impact.

2. All-Speed Traction Control – All-speed traction control uses the same wheel sensors as the Antilock Brake System:

  • Determines when a wheel is beginning to slip
  • If wheel spin is detected, system applies brake pressure to slipping wheel(s)
  • If necessary, reduces engine power

3. Brake Assist – In a panic-stop situation, drivers tend to:

  • Quickly stomp on the brake pedal
  • Release pressure slightly
  • Quickly re-apply brake pressure
  • As a result, maximum braking power is not utilized in a panic stop.

Brake Assist compensates for this human response:

  • When a driver applies brake pedal at very fast rate, system interprets this as a panic stop
  • Applies and maintains maximum braking pressure
  • Even if the driver reduces the brake pedal slightly, maximum brake pressure is maintained
  • Helps vehicle stop in shortest possible distance.

4. DOT-Certified Roadside Safety Kit – For original equipment confidence, Ram ProMaster offers an available Department of Transportation (DOT)-certified roadside safety kit

Inside the stowable Ram duffle bag:

  • 3 reflecting warning triangles
  • 2 red vinyl flags
  • Spare fuses
  • Fire extinguisher
  • DOT-certified first aid kit

5. Electronic Roll Mitigation uses the ESC* sensors to reduce potential wheel lift during severe or evasive maneuvers:

  • Determines that a change in steering and vehicle speed are sufficient to potentially cause wheel lift
  • Applies individual brakes with high burst of pressure
  • Causes the outside tire to slip; vehicle’s weight transfers back over inside tires
  • Helps keep all four tires solidly on ground
  • ERM reduces potential for wheel lift during severe/evasive maneuvers
  • Cannot prevent wheel lift due to other factors, such as road conditions, leaving roadway, or striking objects or other vehicles

6. Electronic Stability Control (ESC):

  • Monitors sensors in the steering column and passenger compartment
  • Constantly compares steering action and vehicle yaw

When vehicle begins to understeer:

  • ESC automatically applies the inside rear brake to help achieve the desired turn

When vehicle begins to fishtail:

  • ESC automatically applies the outside front brake to help correct oversteering
  • ESC may also reduce engine power in addition to braking
  • ESC determines where drivers want to go and helps them get there

7. Halogen headlamps produce more light per watt than traditional headlamps for impressive lighting performance:

  • Provide extended service life
  • Relatively inexpensive to replace
  • The clear lens is made of polycarbonate material and is impact-resistant for durability and long life
  • Feature integrated amber-illuminated park and turn signals

8. ParkSense Rear Park Assist System – The available ParkSense Rear Park Assist System* uses ultrasonic sensors and sound waves to detect stationary objects behind vehicle:

  • When in Reverse or Neutral, system scans for objects behind vehicle

When object is detected, ParkSense warns:

  • With graphic display in the instrument cluster
  • Plus audible warnings increase in tempo as vehicle gets closer to object

May want to disable ParkSense when towing trailer:

  • Can be turned off

9. ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera – Available ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera* displays video image of area behind vehicle (when in Reverse):

  • Helps determine if an obstacle is in path of vehicle
  • Better rearward visibility when backing up
  • Particularly effective in showing objects behind the vehicle not viewable in exterior mirrors
  • Camera operates in all lighting situations
  • Needs no supplemental light

Whenever the transmission is placed in Reverse:

  • Color image displays on screen in radio
  • “Check entire surroundings” is displayed
  • Lines on screen indicate vehicle’s width
  • Shifting out of Reverse deactivates system

10. Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System – Keyless Entry with available Sentry Key theft deterrent system:

  • Keyless entry allows you to lock and unlock the driver door, front passenger door and the right sliding door (as equipped) at the touch of a button on the key fob
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system will help prevent your vehicle from starting if an attempt is made to start it without the properly encoded key

11. Tire Pressure Monitoring Display – Tire Pressure Monitoring Display in the instrument cluster identifies the actual tire pressure for each tire:

  • The cluster screen changes to tire pressure display and a chime sounds when the system senses low pressure in any tire
  • System automatically checks air pressure in all four tires using sensors integrated with valve stems
  • Sends continuous radio frequency signals, alerting you when pressure is too low
  • Monitoring proper tire pressure results in safer operation, longer tire life and enhanced fuel efficiency.

12. Trailer Sway Damping – Trailer Sway Damping uses the ESC* sensors to recognize an excessively swaying trailer and takes the appropriate actions to attempt to stop the sway:

  • Applies brake pressure on alternating wheels
  • If necessary, adjusts the throttle
  • Becomes active automatically once an excessively swaying trailer is recognized