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2009 Dodge Dakota crew cab

Small pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side without optional side airbags
    M
  • Side with optional side airbags
    M
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2008 Dodge Dakota crew cab shown
2008 Dodge Dakota crew cab shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard in 2011 models, optional in 2005-10 models)
2
Antilock brakes (optional); rear-wheel antilock brakes standard
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2011
G
M
A
2010
G
M
M
M
A
2009
G
M
M
M
A
2008
G
M
M
M
A
2007
G
M
M
M
A
2006
G
M
M
M
A
2005
G
M
M
M
A

Applies to 2005-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Dodge Dakota was redesigned for the 2005 model year and discontinued after the 2011 model year. The Mitsubishi Raider was introduced in the 2006 model year and discontinued after the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Dodge Dakota SLT (2wd Crew Cab)
Weight 4,370 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase131 in.
Length219 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.7 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0805
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0805
Head
HIC-15184
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)6.3
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)8
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.65
Maximum tibia index - right0.43
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left67
Right66

Applies to 2005-10 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Dodge Dakota was redesigned for the 2005 model year and discontinued after the 2011 model year. The Mitsubishi Raider was introduced in the 2006 model year and discontinued after the 2009 model year. Side airbags became standard in 2011 Dakota models (they were optional in earlier Dakota models and in all Raider models.)

Because this test produced almost identical results to those of a 2010 Dodge Dakota with optional side airbags tested later in which the side airbags failed to deploy, the injury ratings and head protection ratings for both the driver and passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests. The cause of the nondeployment has since been determined, and Chrysler Corporation made changes on the production line and announced a customer service campaign for trucks built before March 2010 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Injury measures

Driver — In tests of both the 2010 and 2008 models, measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive in the 2008 model test.

Passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In the test of the 2010 model, the dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the driver door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate. In the test of the 2008 model, the head was not struck by the intruding barrier or any part of the vehicle, but the head remained unprotected from contacts outside the vehicle. This indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door and the pillar behind the door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Dodge Dakota SLT (2wd Crew Cab)
Weight 4,367 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase131 in.
Length219 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.7 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0821CES0930
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-6.0-4.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0821CES0930
Head HIC-15179174
Neck
Tension (kN)1.71.6
Compression (kN)0.10.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)6559
Lateral force (kN)2.82.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)6056
Average deflection (mm)4951
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.227.21
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.321.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.82.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.21.0
Combined force (kN)4.13.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.30.4
L-M moment (Nm)2526
A-P moment (Nm) 1819

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0821CES0930
Head HIC-1596115
Neck
Tension (kN)1.21.3
Compression (kN)0.20.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)4641
Lateral force (kN)1.71.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3737
Average deflection (mm)2827
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.453.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.470.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.20.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.11.3
Combined force (kN)1.31.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.40.1
L-M moment (Nm)5546
A-P moment (Nm) -4254

Applies to 2005-10 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Dodge Dakota was redesigned for the 2005 model year and discontinued after the 2011 model year. The Mitsubishi Raider was introduced in the 2006 model year and discontinued after the 2009 model year. Side airbags became standard in 2011 Dakota models (they were optional in earlier Dakota models and in all Raider models.)

The test vehicle was equipped with optional side curtain airbags, but they did not deploy during the side impact crash. The cause of the nondeployment has since been determined, and Chrysler Corporation made changes on the production line and announced a customer service campaign for trucks built before March 2010 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Because this test produced almost identical results to those of a 2008 Dodge Dakota without side airbags tested earlier, the injury ratings and head protection ratings for both the driver and passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — In tests of both the 2010 and 2008 models, measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive in the 2008 model test.

Passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In the test of the 2010 model, the dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the driver door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate. In the test of the 2008 model, the head was not struck by the intruding barrier or any part of the vehicle, but the head remained unprotected from contacts outside the vehicle. This indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door and the pillar behind the door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Dodge Dakota Big Horn (2wd Crew Cab)
Weight 4,440 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase131 in.
Length219 in.
Width76 in.
Engine3.7 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0821CES0930
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-6.0-4.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0821CES0930
Head HIC-15179174
Neck
Tension (kN)1.71.6
Compression (kN)0.10.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)6559
Lateral force (kN)2.82.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)6056
Average deflection (mm)4951
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.227.21
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.321.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.82.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.21.0
Combined force (kN)4.13.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.30.4
L-M moment (Nm)2526
A-P moment (Nm) 1819

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0821CES0930
Head HIC-1596115
Neck
Tension (kN)1.21.3
Compression (kN)0.20.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)4641
Lateral force (kN)1.71.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3737
Average deflection (mm)2827
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.453.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.470.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.20.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.11.3
Combined force (kN)1.31.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.40.1
L-M moment (Nm)5546
A-P moment (Nm) -4254

Applies to 2005-11 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight4,321 lbs
Peak force13,938 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.23
Tested vehicle
2010 Dodge Dakota Big Horn Crew Cab 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2006-11 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats without adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)40
Distance below top of head (mm)50
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.2
Head contact time (ms)84
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)194
Max neck tension (N)730

Applies to 2006-11 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats with adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)32
Distance below top of head (mm)55
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.9
Head contact time (ms)105
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)225
Max neck tension (N)848

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