Current stories has the buyer population clamoring about whether or not the vehicles we drive are truly safe. Forbes came out with an article on July thirty, 2007 by Bengt Halvorson titled "Top twenty Most Perilous Vehicles," that revealed some worrying facts about pickup vans generally.

Pickup Trucks

According to the article, "Pickups as a class have the highest rate of death and significant injury," claimed Michael Dulberger, president of Informed for Life – a safety advocacy group. Sound familiar? A couple of years back, we heard the same complaint about SUVs.

The chaos – and America’s reluctance to give up their SUVs in spite of safety concerns – prompted SUV makers to add security features to Sport Use Autos . Many pickup vans, have already got a leg up on the competition. Particularly , Isuzu’s two high-performance pickup vans : the i-290 and i-370. Both models offer a wide selection of security features you may only look forward to finding on a Sport Use . The 1st and perhaps most vital, is the Electronic Traction Control option which also includes automated Locking Rear Differential. The feature helps provide more controlled acceleration on slippery surfaces and in dreadful weather conditions by reducing engine power to reduce wheel spin. Another features is the pickup’s push-system that permits the driver to move in 2-wheel-drive to 4-wheel drive on-the-fly. Anti-Lock Braking Systems are a must when it comes to safety and Isuzu’s pickups offer 4-wheel anti-lock brakes to reduce wheel lockup on greasy surfaces when the necessity to brake hard arises. Daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system also make Isuzu’s pickups safer than many rivals. The pickups also sport Head-Curtain Side Impact Airbags and an automated Airbag Suppression System in the event that an accident should happen.

In comparison, here’s an inventory of the pickup wagons that made the list of the Top 20 Most Perilous : the Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series which doesn’t offer stability control, side airbags or curtain airbags ; the Nissan Frontier ( Extended Taxi ) ; and the Dodge Dakota 4-door pickup ( side airbags and curtain airbags are optional ).

One or two SUVs also made the list like the Nissan Xterra, and the remainder ( as one might predict ) was populated by minute economy automobiles like the Saturn ION and Mazda3. While the trend is sometimes to make automobiles safer by adding both passive and active security features, the actuality is that certain automobiles have a tendency to fare better in accidents than others.

Tiny , light cars are no match in a collision with an SUV even if they possess augmented security features.

While pickup lorries have a tendency to fare better than automobiles in SUV collisions, it’s clear from the already mentioned study that many pickup van makers simply are not adding valuable safety features to their pickup lines in the way they’re on SUVs. Pickup lorry fans should not have to reach a compromise safety to drive the automobiles they like.

Demanding SUV security features be added either as standard or optional to pickups is the 1st step. Buying pickups that have these features – like the Isuzu i-370 or i-290 – will lure others in the automobile industry to follow in kind and shortly, pickups will be as safe as SUVs.

Pickup Trucks And Safety

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