Pickup Trucks Receive Poor Ratings in Crash Tests
March 25, 2019—The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 11 mid-size and full-size pickups and found mixed results, reported CNBC.
The majority of pickups recently put through the passenger-side small overlap front test struggled to maintain their structure, but two trucks —the Ford F-150 and the Nissan Titan—earned a good rating. In total, IIHS has rated 11 crew cab pickups in the passenger-side test—four small and seven large. The Toyota Tundra, a large pickup, earns the only poor rating, while five of the trucks rate marginal
"We commend Ford, Nissan and Ram for providing state-of-the-art crash protection for both drivers and front passengers of their large pickup models," says David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. "As a group, however, the pickup class still has a lot of work to do."
The IIHS said part of the problem is that some pickups have older designs that did not emphasize front-seat passenger protection to the degree it’s expected today, according to CNBC.