Ram 1500 earns Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS
The Ram 1500 has won many accolades for its design and capability, and it just earned another to add to its trophy case: the first full-size pickup EVER to earn Top Safety Pick+ for 2019 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Top Safety Pick+ award for 2019 applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickup models, as well as 2019 trucks produced after May 2019 when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlights that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation.
In order to earn this award, a vehicle must undergo six crashworthiness evaluations from the IIHS, three of which simulate frontal impacts, the other three measure damage consistent with side impacts, rear impacts, and rollovers. The Ram 1500 recorded “good” in each of these tests, which is the highest possible rating.
The Forward Collision Mitigation in the Ram 1500 earned a rating of “superior” from the IIHS as well. This optional feature has sensor-fusion technology that blends radar detection and camera capability to determine an imminent impact. If it does detect a potential impact, the system warns the driver to take action. If the driver does not act on the warning in a timely manner, the system may activate the vehicle’s brakes if the collision risk remains.
Unique to the Forward Collision Mitigation on the Ram 1500 that helped earn the Top Safety Pick+ award is its use of an Integrated Radar Camera Module (IRCM). This feature consolidates the radar and camera components behind the rearview mirror, which keeps important technology out of harm’s way in case of a collision, as well as simply the interface altogether.
Additionally, the Ram 1500’s LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist earned the highest IIHS rating of “good.”
The Ram 1500 has been enjoying many months in the spotlight lately, from Motor Trend Truck of the Year to a place among Ward’s 10 Best Engines with its standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque, and the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ is just the latest.
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