April 8, 2005

NHTSA completes crash and rollover testing for 2005 pickup trucks

Washington, D.C. – The two-door Dodge Dakota and two-door Toyota Tacoma have earned the highest possible crash test safety ratings in the latest tests by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The trucks earned five stars for all available seating positions in frontal and side crash tests.

Several pickup trucks earned four stars for rollover rating. The highest-rated vehicle was the Chevrolet Silverado two-wheel-drive and its twin GMC Sierra, with a 15.9 per cent chance of rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash. The lowest-rated vehicle was the Ford Ranger four-wheel-drive and its twin Mazda B-Series, with two stars and a 30.6 per cent chance of rollover.

All results are available at the agency’s web site at www.safercar.gov.

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