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    First time IIHS side tests small pickups

    http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr072408.html

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    News Release | July 24, 2008

    First time Institute side tests small pickups: Toyota rates good, but results for others are 'dismal' and key safety feature isn't standard on most models

    ARLINGTON, VA — Small pickups aren't providing as much protection in side crashes as many new cars and SUVs. The Toyota Tacoma was the only one of five small pickup trucks, all 2008 models, to earn the highest rating of good for occupant protection in recent side crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier are rated marginal, and the Chevrolet Colorado is rated poor in the side test, which simulates a side impact from an SUV or another pickup.

    "More people may be looking at small pickups because of rising gas prices," says Institute president Adrian Lund. "Unfortunately, they won't find many that afford state-of-the-art crash protection. Most earn dismal ratings for protecting people in side crashes, and all but the Tacoma and Frontier lack electronic stability control, which is a key feature in preventing crashes. Until they improve, most small pickups aren't good choices for people looking for safe transportation."
    The full IIHS news release, including an online video showing small pickup side crash tests, and more detailed vehicle crash ratings, may be viewed by clicking the above link.
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    Re: First time IIHS side tests small pickups

    Wow. That is interesting!

    I always thought a pickup, even a small one, would be fairly safe. I'm not sure where I got that idea (perhaps just out of the air? ). I guess I was wrong.


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    Re: First time IIHS side tests small pickups

    You know? This is pretty sad. The automakers have known about IIHS testing standards for years and could easily have engineered these things to meet them in that time and still kept the prices reasonable.

    Add to this the statistic that pick up drivers have the lowest seatbelt usage and... well... ouch.
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    Re: First time IIHS side tests small pickups

    *cries*
    Dh has his heart set on getting a ranger......

    well..even a ranger has better protection than his tuna can.

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