Trucks in the automotive world at least are pretty much synonymous with the United States. Considering that best selling vehicle in the U.S. is the Ford F-150 that’s not a terribly surprising conclusion to come to. With that in mind, one might assume that when it comes to trucks at least, the U.S. would have the manufacture of which down to a science. However, as this recent article from the AP demonstrates, that is far from the case for at least two domestic manufacturers. Both the Dodge Ram and the Chevy Silverado scored terribly in recent crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Now I should note that the Nissan Titan also fared very poorly in recent testing though I’m willing to give Nissan a slight pass since they only recently entered into the full size truck market. Correction, I would give them a pass if this test wasn’t regarding safety.
Of all the areas to skimp on, these companies chose to skimp on safety. We’re not talking mediocre ratings, we’re talking the worst you can get… and these are trucks. One would normally be under the impression that such vehicles with their greater stature would be quite safe when it came to accidents but that is far from the case with these three. Is it really any wonder that GM and Chrysler are doing so poorly with management such as this? With Nissan’s recent layoffs, they may soon join these two domestic manufacturers at the bottom of a barrel. You want to save money, fair enough, but to my mind that should never come at the expense of safety.