Two Ram pickup trucks were the worst-performing models in a latest round of tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, CNBC reported.
The 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab earned "marginal" overall ratings and the lowest possible rating — "poor" — in terms of structure.
In tests where the front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or pole — one of the most common and deadly accidents — Ram trucks had "more intrusion than we'd like to see," said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute's Vehicle Research Center. He said "that led to elevated injury measures on the dummy's lower extremities."
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Ram's parent company, Fiat Chrysler, told CNBC its vehicles "are designed for real-world performance and no single test determines overall, real-world vehicle safety."
Ford's F-Series was the only model tested that earned the highest overall rating, "good," and was deemed an IIHS Top Safety Pick.