Since 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been complementing its driver-side crash tests with the testing of passenger sides. Focusing on newer two-row pickup trucks, the IIHS has found a discrepancy between driver safety and passenger safety of which New Jersey residents should be aware.

After crash-testing 10 pickups, the IIHS rated the driver-side performance as “good” for all but two vehicles, the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Frontier. However, these two vehicles received the rating of “marginal,” not the lowest one of “poor.” The results were drastically different for passenger-side performance.

The worst vehicle was the Toyota Tundra, which rated “poor.” It struggled to maintain its structure in every crash test scenario whether a vehicle or some other object was involved. The reason for this poor performance may partly stem from the fact that the Tundra has not seen a major redesign since 2014, unlike other pickups that have been recently overhauled.

Five vehicles rated “marginal,” and four of them were from General Motors: the Chevrolet Colorado, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500 and the GMC Canyon. The Nissan Frontier ranked in fifth place. The Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Ridgeline both received an “acceptable” rating. The remaining three vehicles, the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan, merited a ‘good” rating.

In the event that passengers are injured in a car accident, they must file for benefits with their own insurance company. This is because New Jersey is a no-fault state. Therefore, a personal injury claim can only be filed in cases involving another party’s negligence and either the incurring of permanent injuries or death. Injured passengers may file against the driver they were riding with, the driver of the other vehicle or both. Having legal assistance may be a good idea.