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Old 07-30-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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Gaming the Crash Tests?

I saw this article and it appears to confirm something I've often suspected:
https://www.yahoo.com/autos/ford-f-1...425369777.html
From the article: ď 'Ford added structural elements to the crew cabís front frame to earn a good small overlap rating and a Top Safety Pick award but didnít do the same for the extended cab,' said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer."

They reinforced the structure in some versions, but not others? Shame on Ford, but how many others do the same?

Since they test offset and small overlap crashes only on the driver's side, do they reinforce that side and not the passenger side?
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:00 AM   #2
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It wasn't too long ago that the Ford "F" series pickup trucks could not pass the
35 MPH barrier crash test...the dummy always ended up with two broken legs or a trip to the morgue......things have changed....yet the more they change the more they can remain the same!
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It wasn't too long ago that the Ford "F" series pickup trucks could not pass the
35 MPH barrier crash test...the dummy always ended up with two broken legs or a trip to the morgue......things have changed....yet the more they change the more they can remain the same!
Just proves that dummies shouldn't drive.
Diminishing returns on safety design and devices has long since been reached but I'm sure it will continue...


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My favorite wait...what? about this is that most people don't even know that their SUV or pickup truck is not required to meet the crash standards cars have had to meet since the 1970s. And yet so many people claim to drive SUVs or pickups because they feel 'safer' in them... The reason that trucks were originally exempted from the more onerous crash standards was because they were industrial vehicles and were not expected to coddle you and your kids like a car did...
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Any other techno nerds such as myself might like to see the extent (in yellow) of the bits Ford fit to only some body styles:



And these make the following difference in this particular test:

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Is that an F150?
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