Because of a simple solution, the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew was able to pass the Institute for Highway Safety’s small offset crash test. Tubular bars were welded to the pickup’s frame. These were positioned in the front wheel wells, fore and aft of the tire.
It worked so well that it wasn’t really much of a challenge for the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew to pass the test. A similar solution is planned by Ram for all of its pickups, starting with the 20151/2 Ram Rebel that had its release last month.
IIHS has only just started its testing on light-duty pickups. Last July 30, the IIHS crash-tested a 2015 Toyota Tundra. So far, how the Tundra did in the test hasn’t been announced yet.
A Toyota spokesman said that the no modification was needed for the full-size 2015 Tundra but for the IIHS small offset testing, its airbag overlap was improved.
According to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, a 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab will be tested this September while the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups will be tested this December.
What are at stake are the safety ratings for the top-selling nameplates of the Detroit 3. The IIHS offset test determines what will happen to the vehicle if it hits a tree in the front corner with a speed of 40 mph. Ford decided to not place protective bars on its two other variants of the 2015 F-150, the regular cab and extended cab (referred as the SuperCab).
These bars can absorb energy and they redirect some of the crash force away from the passenger compartment. When the SuperCab didn’t have these bars, it got a "marginal" rating on the IIHS offset test. It is the third of four ratings on the scale. “Poor” is at the bottom.
No testing was done on the regular cab, which IIHS says has a structural similarity to the SuperCab. Last week, Ford spokesman Mike Levin said that due to the disparity in the results, the automaker is now planning to apply “countermeasures” on the regular cab and SuperCab to protect passengers in the 2016 model year. He didn’t say if there would be protective bars (which are referred to by some engineers as wheel blockers).