Toyota Falls Behind in Truck Safety Tests – Ford, Honda Excel

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Crash test ratings for nearly a dozen pickup trucks show a popular Ford model did well, but a Toyota truck was the worst performer in the bunch. 

This is what happens if a Toyota Tundra clips a tree or another car. 

Researcher David Zuby says out of 11 pickups tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Tundra showed the worst performance in a passenger side small overlap crash. 

That’s an accident involving the front right corner of the vehicle.

“Small overlap crashes account for we estimate about one quarter of the serious injuries and deaths that come from frontal crashes altogether,” Zuby said. “The typical thing is the front corner of the bumper gets pushed back into the wheel. The wheel then gets pushed back into the front of the occupant compartment.”

The trucks with the best passenger side ratings are the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500 and the Nissan Titan.  

The only truck to score a top safety pick was the Honda Ridgeline.

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