Large pickups offer strong side protection but falter in back seat safety
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Four large pickups offer strong protection in side crashes but fall short when it comes to protecting passengers in the back seat.
The Ram 1500 crew cab, Ford F-150 crew cab and Toyota Tundra crew cab — all 2023 models — earn good ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's updated side crash test, while the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab is rated acceptable.
However, in the updated moderate overlap front crash test, which now emphasizes back seat safety, only the Tundra manages a marginal rating. The F-150, Ram 1500 and Silverado are rated poor.
"Like most other vehicle classes, large pickups don't perform as well in the new moderate overlap evaluation as they do in the updated side test, which is now a requirement for our TOP SAFETY PICK awards," said IIHS President David Harkey.
IIHS launched the updated moderate overlap front test last year after research showed that in newer vehicles the risk of a fatal injury is now higher for belted occupants in the second row than for those in front. This is not because the second row has become less safe. Rather, the front seat has become safer because of improved airbags and advanced seat belts that are rarely available in back. Even with these developments, the back seat remains the safest place for children, who can be injured by an inflating front airbag, and the rating does not apply to children secured properly in child safety seats.
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