IIHS: Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram and Nissan Titan Lack Side Safety Features
"The size, weight, and height of these large pickups should help them ace the side tests just like the other large pickups we've tested. Not these three," says Institute senior vice president David Zuby. "They perform worse than many cars we've evaluated."
In essence, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan should be way safer than small vehicles thanks to their
"These large pickups don't have to work as hard as smaller vehicles do to protect their occupants. Even with their characteristic advantages, the Ram, Titan, and Silverado still miss the mark when it comes to occupant protection in side crashes," Zuby says.
Wondering which were the features that brought the three pickups so poor results? In Silverado's case, there are no torso airbags, IIHS said, with the optional side curtain airbags only protecting the occupants' heads and not their bodies. Chevrolet also needs to improve Silverado's side structure for better shock absorption, it added.
"In the Silverado tests, there was a lot of intrusion into the occupant compartment. With no torso airbags to protect the driver and rear passenger, measures recorded on the test dummies showed that rib fractures and internal organ injuries would be likely in a real-world crash of similar severity," the IIHS official explained.
In contrast to Silverado, both Titan and Ram provide better structures but they also lack several important features. Dodge's pickup for instance has no torso airbags while Titan offer them as optional.