This article details the safety record of light trucks and posits that they are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which have been largely vilified in the media for their incompatibility with other vehicles. The design history of light trucks is discussed, with focus on how this incompatible and aggressive design has benefited from tax breaks, import tariffs, and exemptions from fuel efficiency and emissions standards. Both SUVs and light trucks have gained in popularity over the years, despite the weight and design issues that compromise their safety. The article cites research and statistics confirming the risks posed by these vehicles. It notes, however, that while SUV design is evolving and leading to improvements in safety, pickup designs are not really changing in response to their shortcomings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Alternate title: TSC Newsletter; Summer 2005
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Traffic Safety Center, 2614 Dwight Way
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-7374
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01005412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 12:43PM