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2011 Dodge Ram 1500

Large pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    M
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags
2
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (optional on fleet vehicles only)
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 2009-14 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 Ram 1500 was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification.

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 side curtain airbag deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Dodge Ram 1500 ST (2wd Crew Cab)
Weight 5,090 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase140 in.
Length228 in.
Width79 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 IDVTF0815
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)11
Left (cm)9
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-1
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0815
Head
HIC-15131
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)42
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.3
Femur force - right (kN)0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.29
Maximum tibia index - right0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left66
Right95

Applies to 2009-12 models

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

The Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Beginning with 2009 models manufactured after September 2008, the front door trim panels were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the vehicle on or near the driver door).

Beginning with models manufactured after January 2012, the side airbags were modified, so the listed ratings do not apply to trucks built after this date.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The side curtain airbag did not deploy properly, and the dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (2wd Crew Cab)
Weight 5,152 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase140 in.
Length228 in.
Width79 in.
Engine4.7 L V8
EPA ratings14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0901
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.
-14.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0901
Head HIC-1593
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)55
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)63
Average deflection (mm)48
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.67
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)2.22
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)188
A-P moment (Nm) 48

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0901
Head HIC-15115
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)25
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)40
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.49
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)63
A-P moment (Nm) -50

Applies to 2009-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight5,186 lbs
Peak force15,412 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio2.97
Tested vehicle
Rating applies only to crew cab models.
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 ST Crew Cab 4x2
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 2009-14 models

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

Seat type

Power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)61
Distance below top of head (mm)37
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)8.6
Head contact time (ms)74
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)21
Max neck tension (N)527

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