Dummies designed to simulate 12-year-olds within the rear seats of crew cab pickups slid of their restraints, inflicting the Tundra, Silverado, F-150, and Ram 1500 to earn poor rankings from the IIHS
November 7, 2023 at 16:33
Crew cab pickups are extra standard than ever for his or her practicality and skill to haul households. Nonetheless, simply because they’ll match extra individuals, doesn’t imply they’ll defend them in an accident, new analysis from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) finds.
The security group subjected the 2023 Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra to its up to date “average overlap entrance” crash take a look at and its facet crash take a look at. Whereas the massive pickups carried out properly within the latter take a look at (all acquired “good” rankings however the Silverado, which received an “acceptable” ranking), they struggled within the former.
The Toyota Tundra Crew Cab was the very best performing within the group, receiving a “marginal” ranking within the average overlap entrance crash take a look at. Nonetheless, the American pickups all acquired “poor” rankings, due to their lack of safety for rear seat passengers.
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All 4 pickups managed to guard their entrance seat passengers, however within the again the vans struggled to maintain a small dummy’s head, neck, and chest protected. The largest drawback for the dummy (which is designed to simulate a 12-year-old) was “submarining,” based on the IIHS.
All 4 pickups acquired “poor” rankings within the rear passenger restraint and kinematics portion of the take a look at, as a result of they allowed the dummies to slip down and ahead, which is named submarining. As well as, the belt forces had been too excessive within the American pickups.
Whereas the exams aren’t nice, pickups aren’t the one automobiles struggling within the up to date IIHS take a look at. Beforehand, the group (and others) solely examined for entrance seat security, which naturally inspired automakers to speculate effort and time into specializing in these occupants.
Nonetheless, in latest IIHS analysis, it decided that as entrance seat security has improved, rear seat security has lagged behind, prompting it to now carry out crash exams that take into account the primary and second rows of a automobile.
With the intention to obtain the group’s “High Security Decide” award, a automobile should carry out properly throughout, not simply within the entrance. In consequence, not one of the pickups talked about above are eligible for the award. Nonetheless, the IIHS warns that regardless of the outcomes of those exams, the rear seat continues to be the most secure place for young children, who may very well be injured by airbags. As well as, the take a look at doesn’t take a look at automobile seat security.