Pickup safety lags behind cars, SUVs in safety ratings

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for auto safety in Washington, blames the government.

“The reason pickups, which are among the most-driven vehicles in the U.S., are far behind all other cars and trucks is because larger pickups were given an additional three years when NHTSA negotiated a voluntary agreement with the industry for making automatic emergency-braking standard,” he said. “In other words, instead of mandating this life-saving advanced technology, the federal government is once again helping car and truck manufacturers reserve safety for the rich.”

Washington — Safety is one area where many trucks are not keeping up with their sedan and SUV counterparts.

Only one of 11 midsize and full-size crew-cab pickups recently tested by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety received the group’s coveted Top Safety Pick designation. More than half of the 2019 models tested earned only a “marginal” or “poor” rating in a punishing front-end crash test that looks at passenger safety.

By comparison, eight midsize SUVs earned Top Safety Picks and seven midsize sedans earned that top designation…

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