LIGHT TRUCK SIDE STRUCTURE EVALUATION. VOLUME I: OVERVIEW AND CONCLUSIONS

A study was conducted to compare the side structural components of three lightweight pickup trucks with those of a VW Rabbit Sedan. Under previous Agency contracts, a series of side structural modifications had been performed on the sedan resulting in improved compartment integrity. It was desired to know if the same types of structural modifications would be applicable to the lightweight pickup trucks. The pickup trucks selected were: 1978 Chevrolet Luv, 1978 Ford Courier, and 1980 VW Rabbit Pickup. The occupant seating position is documented for each vehicle. The main structural elements are documented and compared. Finally the applicability of the proposed upgrade of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 214 "Side Impact Protection" is discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB81-210841.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Vehicle Research and Test Center, P.O. Box 37
    East Liberty, OH  United States  43319
  • Authors:
    • Monk, M W
    • Willke, D
  • Publication Date: 1981-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 87 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00343551
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-805-835 Final Rpt., SRL-26-VOL-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM