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2012 Dodge Ram 1500

Large pickup
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    G


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2012
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
P
Crash avoidance rating
1999
P
Crash avoidance rating
1998
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-12 models

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

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high acceleration was recorded on the left foot, indicating that foot injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 2wd
Weight 5,162 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 141 in.
Length 229 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1603
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1603
Head
HIC-15 143
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.3
Femur force - right (kN) 1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.47
Maximum tibia index - right 0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 155
Right 70

Applies to 2012 models built after January 2012

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

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Beginning with 2012 models manufactured after January 2012, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the side curtain airbags previously included. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

The make name "Dodge" was officially changed to "Ram" beginning with the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible 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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — 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.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad cab 2wd
Weight 5,158 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 141 in.
Length 229 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 5.7 L V8
EPA ratings 14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1602
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.
-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1602
Head HIC-15 92
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 26
Lateral force (kN) 0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 44
Average deflection (mm) 39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.77
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.9
Combined force (kN) 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 37
A-P moment (Nm) -15

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1602
Head HIC-15 285
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 64
A-P moment (Nm) -52

Applies to 2009-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight 5,120 lbs
Peak force 16,255 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.17
Tested vehicle
2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 2wd
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 2009-12 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 type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 61
Distance below top of head (mm) 37
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 8.6
Head contact time (ms) 74
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 21
Max neck tension (N) 527
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2012 models built after January 2012)
2
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (optional on fleet vehicles only)

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