1998 Dodge Dakota

small pickup / Regular cab pickup

1998 Dodge Dakota Regular cab pickup


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1997-2004 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport 4X2 p/u

The Dodge Dakota was redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Post-crash damage shot.

Smeared greasepaint (inset photo at bottom right) indicates where the dummy's head dipped below the windowsill and hit the driver door during the offset test.