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Pickup Trucks And Safety

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Recent news has the consumer population clamoring about whether or not
the cars we drive are really safe. Forbes came out with an article on
July 30, 2007 by Bengt Halvorson titled "Top 20 Most Dangerous Vehicles,"
that uncovered some unnerving facts about pickup trucks in general.
According to the article, "Pickups as a class have the highest rate of
fatality and serious injury," said Michael Dulberger, president of
Informed for Life – a safety advocacy group.

Sound famil...


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car,auto,truck,van,suv,sut,vehicle


Article Body:
Recent news has the consumer population clamoring about whether or not
the cars we drive are really safe. Forbes came out with an article on
July 30, 2007 by Bengt Halvorson titled "Top 20 Most Dangerous Vehicles,"
that uncovered some unnerving facts about pickup trucks in general.
According to the article, "Pickups as a class have the highest rate of
fatality and serious injury," said Michael Dulberger, president of
Informed for Life – a safety advocacy group.

Sound familiar? A few years back, we heard the same complaint about SUVs.
The uproar – and America's reluctance to give up their SUVs despite
safety concerns – prompted SUV manufacturers to add safety features to
Sport Utility Vehicles.

Several pickup trucks, however, already have a leg up on the competition.
Specifically, Isuzu's two high-performance pickup trucks: the i-290 and
i-370. Both models offer a wide variety of safety features you might only
expect to find on a Sport Utility.

The first and perhaps most important, is the Electronic Traction Control
option which also includes Automatic Locking Rear Differential. The
feature helps provide more controlled acceleration on slippery surfaces
and in severe weather conditions by reducing engine power to reduce wheel
spin. Another features is the pickup's push-system that allows the driver
to shift from 2-wheel-drive to 4-wheel drive on-the-fly. Anti-Lock
Braking Systems are a must when it comes to safety and Isuzu's pickups
offer 4-wheel anti-lock brakes to reduce wheel lockup on slippery
surfaces when the need to brake hard arises. Daytime running lights and a
tire pressure monitoring system also make Isuzu's pickups safer than many
competitors. The pickups also sport Head-Curtain Side Impact Airbags and
an automatic Airbag Suppression System in the event that an accident
should occur.
By comparison, here's a list of the pickup trucks that made the list of
the Top 20 Most Dangerous: the Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series which doesn't
offer stability control, side airbags or curtain airbags; the Nissan
Frontier (Extended Cab) ; and the Dodge Dakota 4-door pickup (side
airbags and curtain airbags are optional). A few SUVs also made the list
like the Nissan Xterra, and the remainder (as one might predict) was
populated by very small economy cars such as the Saturn ION and Mazda3.

While the trend is typically to make vehicles safer by adding both
passive and active safety features, the reality is that certain cars tend
to fare better in accidents than others. Small, lightweight cars are no
match in a collision with an SUV even if they possess enhanced safety
features. While pickup trucks tend to fare better than cars in SUV
collisions, it's evident from the aforementioned study that many pickup
truck manufacturers simply aren't adding valuable safety features to
their pickup lines in the way they are on SUVs.

Pickup truck enthusiasts shouldn't have to compromise safety to drive the
vehicles they love. Demanding SUV safety features be added either as
standard or optional to pickups is the first step. Purchasing pickups
that have these features – like the Isuzu i-370 or i-290 – will entice
others in the automotive industry to follow suit and soon, pickups will
be as safe as SUVs.

				
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