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May 14, 1998 (6:53 am)
Yes, I know I posted this in another area, but in case you missed it, I thought it might also be appropriate to post this here.
Follow this link to information about the safety (or lack thereof) regarding compact pickups.
This data was featured on a recent Dateline and was rather sobering to watch.
Here's a link to the data:
Compact Pick-up Truck Safety
Don't forget to come back here to comment about it.
May 18, 1998 (3:04 pm)
Just a response about the pickup safety test and there results, I am a '98 Dodge Dakota owner and I just want to comment that I personally feel extremely safe in my Dakota, and I have done extensive research on the truck, overall the Dakota performed very well in all general aspects; and further more, how many day to day crashes do you hear about crashing directly into a concrete wall at 40MPH. I would recommend a Dodge Dakota or Ram to anyone who asks.
May 18, 1998 (3:37 pm)
Have been aware of truck safety, or lack of safety for a number of years... I remember checking crash test scores a number of years back. Nissan trucks scored much better then. Which was my reason for picking the Nissan 6 cyl SE King Cab, which rated better than most of the other trucks out there. Was surprised to see the Frontier doing so poorly in this round of tests.
May 20, 1998 (1:25 am)
More on Dakota safety. (I own a 1997) AIA crashed a regular cab, the NHTSA crashed an extended cab. I don't know if it makes a difference in a head on crash? But anyway when you look at the data:
1) AIA (The one on TV) said it did "poorly" in offset crash. But head and chest injuries were minimal. Leg injuries were bad.
2) NHTSA (Government head on crash test) says it does the best of any "small truck" (web page can be seen through Edmunds)
3) NHTSA hiway death rate per vehicle puts older model Dakota 1/2 the death rate than any other small truck. Data gathered from real crash data.
Summation? I guess I feel safe. But if I see an accident coming, I'm aiming head on! (as opposed to an offset crash...)
May 20, 1998 (1:35 am)
Oops, sorry, I was looking at the wrong entry.
In the TV test (The IIHS (not AIA)) The
Dakota had POOR head injuries, GOOD chest injuries and acceptable leg and foot injuries.
May 20, 1998 (11:07 am)
It's important to remember that the Dakota is a midsize truck, as opposed to vehicles categorized as small trucks like the Ranger, Mazda, Nissan, etc., and it's priced accordingly. The Dakota should outperform those trucks, but also should not be expected to outperform a full size truck.
May 27, 1998 (5:26 am)
What is the injury potential for passengers in the back seat of a full size extended cab truck like the GMC Sierra? It appears to me that head damage from the rear window is likely in rear-end or head-on collisions...
Aug 13, 1998 (10:34 pm)
Is there any information available about the side impact injury potential of the side facing jumpseats found in the Ranger or similar trucks?
Aug 22, 1998 (8:32 pm)
I recently bought a 94 S10 x-cab,automatic,&a V6. I was wondering if anyone out there has one and if they could tell me what to expect from it safety wise and reliability wise. Thank you,ford2
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Aug 31, 1998 (3:44 am)
Does anybody know when a settlement may be reached in the louisana class action suite? The last update I got was that in june 98 it was going thru the appeals process. I want to use the 1000 dollar rebate ??Tom201