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1999 Dodge Dakota regular cab

Small pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1998 Dodge Dakota regular cab shown
1998 Dodge Dakota regular cab shown
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Antilock brakes (optional); rear-wheel antilock brakes standard
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2004
P
2003
P
2002
P
2001
P
2000
P
1999
P
1998
P
1997
P

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 vehicle1998 Dodge Dakota Sport (2wd regular cab)
Weight 3,589 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase112 in.
Length196 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.9 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF98006
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 IDCF98006
Head
HIC-15611
Peak gs at hard contact163.000000
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 - left0.72
Maximum tibia index - right0.99
Tibia axial force - left (kN)5.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left96
Right76

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