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1999 Dodge Dakota

Small pickup
1998 Dodge Dakota Regular cab pickup shown
1998 Dodge Dakota Regular cab pickup shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    P

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2004
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
P
Crash avoidance rating
1999
P
Crash avoidance rating
1998
P
Crash avoidance rating
1997
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1997-2004 models

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

The Dodge Dakota was redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest indicate low risk of injuries in this body region in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration and high neck forces occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that injuries to the head and neck would be likely. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible. Head acceleration from the door hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel and floor buckling tilted the driver seat forward and toward the door. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded toward the driver door, and its head hit the inside of the door above the armrest.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 4X2 p/u
Weight 3,589 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 3.9 L V6
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF98006
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 23
Left (cm) 18
Center (cm) 17
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 16
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 8
Right (cm) 6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 19
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF98006
Head
HIC-15 611
Peak gs at hard contact 163
Neck
Tension (kN) 3.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 53
Maximum Nij 0.71
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.2
Femur force - right (kN) 2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.72
Maximum tibia index - right 0.99
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 5.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 5.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 96
Right 76
1
Antilock brakes (optional); rear-wheel antilock brakes standard

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