Most pickups need better passenger-side protection – IIHS News

Most pickups need better passenger-side protection – IIHS News


Today we’re publishing crash test ratings
for 11 pickup trucks — four small and seven large. Three were rated good, two were acceptable,
five are marginal and one is poor. A small overlap crash is one in which about
a quarter of the vehicle’s bumper impinges on its crash partner. In our test, that’s a rigid barrier. In a real crash, it might be a vehicle, a
tree or other roadside object. We test both the driver and passenger sides, but today’s results are for the passenger side. It’s more challenging to provide crash protection
in small overlap crashes because the energy-absorbing structures at the front of the vehicle are
often missed or not fully engaged when the crash forces are directed toward the outer
edges of the vehicle. The Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup truck
to earn a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK. Its acceptable rating for front passenger
protection in small overlap crashes, combined with good ratings in all our other crash tests,
plus the availability of superior-rated front crash prevention and good headlights, qualify
it for this award. The Ford F-150 offered the best front
passenger protection among all 11 pickup trucks we recently tested. The survival space held up well, and readings
from the sensors in the dummy indicate low risk of injury to all body regions. The occupant compartment of the Toyota Tundra
didn’t hold up very well in our test. For example, the toepan was moved 15 inches
back towards the dummy’s leg, and sensors in the dummy’s right leg indicated a high
risk of injury. Plus, as the A-pillar crumpled, the dummy’s
head struck the grab handle mounted there. Our latest ratings show that most pickups
need better protection for front passengers in small overlap crashes, and all but one
need better headlights.

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