Redesigned Ram 1500 improves crash test ratingsby 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.