Pickup Trucks Receive Poor Ratings in Crash Tests

March 25, 2019
The majority of pickups recently put through a passenger-side small overlap front test struggled to maintain their structure, but Ford and Nissan had models that held up well.

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.

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