2003 Dodge Ram 1500

large pickup / Extended cab pickup

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Extended cab pickup
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2002-05 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

The Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned for the 2002 model year. Chrysler Corporation, the manufacturer of the Ram 1500, told the Institute that 2006 and later models are sufficiently re-engineered that the the ratings for 2002-05 models do not carry over.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Despite buckling of the door sill, the dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint. However, the driver seat moved too much, tipping against the B-pillar.

Despite intrusion into the left side of the footwell, measures on the dummy's legs and feet indicated low risk of injuries.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0128
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 ID CEF0128
Head
HIC-15 146
Peak gs at hard contact no 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 - left 0.37
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 104
Right 96

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Seats with adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 85
Distance below top of head (mm) 80
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 8.2
Head contact time (ms) 117
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 178
Max neck tension (N) 502

Seat type: Seats without adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 75
Distance below top of head (mm) 72
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.2
Head contact time (ms) 98
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 322
Max neck tension (N) 751

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted