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2003 Dodge Ram 1500

Large pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 shown
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional)
2
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
P
2007
G
P
2006
G
P
2005
G
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
A
2002
G
2001
P
2000
P
1999
P
1998
P

Applies to 2002-05 models

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

The Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for the 2002 model year. DaimlerChrysler, the manufacturer of the Ram 1500, has told the Institute that the 2006 models are sufficiently re-engineered that the the ratings for 2002-05 models will not carry over.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver's seat tipped toward the B-pillar. The dummy rebounded into the seat without its head hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (2wd Quad Cab)
Weight 4,969 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase140 in.
Length228 in.
Width80 in.
Engine4.7 L V8
EPA ratings14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0128
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)17
Left (cm)18
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)12
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)7
Right (cm)6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0128
Head
HIC-15146
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)9
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.8
Femur force - right (kN)3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.37
Maximum tibia index - right0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left104
Right96

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
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)85
Distance below top of head (mm)80
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)8.2
Head contact time (ms)117
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)178
Max neck tension (N)502

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
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)75
Distance below top of head (mm)72
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.2
Head contact time (ms)98
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)322
Max neck tension (N)751

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