Fiat Chrysler has responded after its Ram 1500 received an overall rating of only “marginal” in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test of four-door pickup trucks currently on sale.
The Ram 1500 Crew Cab and Quad Cab both received the IIHS’ second worst overall rating of marginal in recent crash tests and structural rating of ‘Poor’. According to CNBC, the test results have brought into question the safety of the Ram 1500, but FCA says the IIHS tests are not necessarily a good indicator of real-world safety.
“Our vehicles are designed for real-world performance and no single test determines overall, real-world vehicle safety,” FCA spokesman Eric Mayne said in a statement.
The IIHS says the Ram’s cabin section deformed to a degree in which it caused what would have otherwise been preventable injuries, netting it the ‘Poor’ rating.
“In this crash mode we want to maintain the structural integrity of the occupant cabin,” Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the IIHS Vehicle Research Center, told CNBC. “We had [with Ram] more intrusion than we’d like to see, and that led to elevated injury measures on the dummy’s lower extremities.”
The 2016 Ford’s F-150, which uses boasts an aluminum body and other structural components, was the only model to earn the IIHS’ highest overall rating of “good,” and was the only truck to be named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.