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Redesigned Ram 1500 improves crash test ratings

by Justin King

Trucks built after July feature a strengthened cab mount at the C-pillars.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revised the 2019 Ram 1500's structure to improve performance in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests.

The previous generation received a 'marginal' rating in the driver-side small overlap test and roof-strength test. The crew-cab and extended-cab editions were the worst performers of any 2018 vehicle in roof strength.

Vehicles built after July feature additional strengthening where the cab mounts to the frame near the C-pillars. Small-overlap performance consequently improved to a 'good' rating despite some risk of injury to the lower leg and foot.

"Despite the improvements, the truck falls short of a Top Safety Pick award because its best available headlights earn only a marginal rating," the IIHS says.