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1998 Dodge Ram 1500

Large pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1
Antilock brakes (optional); rear-wheel antilock brakes standard
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
M
G
2013
G
M
G
2012
G
M
M
G
2011
G
M
M
G
2010
G
M
M
G
2009
G
M
M
G
2008
G
2007
G
P
2006
G
2005
G
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
A
2002
G
2001
P
2000
P
1999
P
1998
P

Applies to 1998-2001 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
P
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
P
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 Ram 1500 was introduced in the 1994 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1998 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest indicate low risk of injuries to this body region in a crash of this severity. Forces on the head and neck indicate that injuries to the head and neck would be likely. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower left leg would be likely and injuries to the lower right leg would be possible. Forces on the left foot indicate that injuries to the foot would be possible. Head acceleration from the door hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The airbag deployed too late, and there was far too much upward steering wheel movement, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. Floor buckling tilted the driver seat forward and toward the door. Also, the seat came loose on one of its tracks and moved rearward slightly on the left side. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head hit the inside of the door below the window sill.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2001 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (2wd Quad Cab)
Weight 4,930 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase139 in.
Length224 in.
Width79 in.
Engine5.2 L V8
EPA ratings13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0109
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)27
Left (cm)27
Center (cm)21
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)10
Right (cm)8
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)20
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0109
Head
HIC-15991
Peak gs at hard contact134
Neck
Tension (kN)5.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)49
Maximum Nij 0.79
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.5
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left1.64
Maximum tibia index - right0.74
Tibia axial force - left (kN)8.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left249
Right130

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