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- snip - http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/nation/873109HoustonChronicle.com April 9, 2001, 1:28PM
Some truck bumpers not as strong as they look
DETROIT -- When the going gets tough .. the tough get bent out of shape. That's the conclusion that might be drawn from results released today of low-speed crash tests on the bumpers of rugged-looking pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Of the seven 2001 models tested, only one, Ford Motor Co.'s small Escape SUV, earned an acceptable rating for crash-worthiness, according to the safety institute.
It said the other vehicles, subjected to four separate crash tests at 5 miles an hour, sustained extensive damage that would require costly repairs.
The pickups tested were the Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-150, the Toyota (7203.T) Tundra and Dodge Ram. In addition to the Escape, the SUVs were Hyundai Motor's (05380.KS) Santa Fe and Toyota's RAV4.
"The performance of the four large pickups ranged from poor to awful," said Adrian Lund, the institute's chief operating officer.
"None of these vehicles sustained less than $4,000 total damage in the four tests, and the Dodge Ram sustained more than $8,000 damage. There's no excuse for such poor performance."
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