Pickup trucks are incredibly popular and tend to dominate the roadways. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfect, though. While different trucks vary in their safety ratings, there is one universal complaint about them that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says needs to be addressed – seat belt reminders. Here’s what the IIHS said about 2022 pickup trucks failing the seat belt reminder test, and why it’s so important.

iihs, trucks

2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 | GM

The IIHS says that a range of popular trucks failed the seat belt test

Everyone knows that seat belts are an important part of safety, but that doesn’t mean that everyone wears them. There are a variety of reasons why people don’t buckle up, including misjudging their effectiveness, being unable or unwilling to comply, or simply forgetting. That’s why seat belt reminders are so important. While they can remind you to buckle up, they can also help drivers know if their passenger hasn’t fastened their seat belt.

Yet not every new pickup truck does a good job of issuing these oh-so-important reminders. The IIHS says that most new popular pickup trucks failed its seat belt reminder test, and that’s a huge problem. Without effective reminders, it’s harder to keep people safe.

Only 1 pickup truck earned a good rating

The IIHS tested ten pickup trucks to gauge how effective their seat belt reminders were. Unfortunately, only one pickup truck earned a good rating. That was the 2022 Toyota Tundra crew cab. That just may make the Tundra more attractive to those who are focused on truck safety.

To get that good rating, the Toyota Tundra had to make an “audible signal and visual alert on the dashboard display, overhead panel or center console when the vehicle is moving at least 6 mph and the system detects an unbelted occupant in the driver or passenger seat or the unfastening of a second-row belt that was previously buckled.”

5 pickup trucks earned a poor rating

On the other end of the spectrum, five pickup trucks earned a poor rating for their seat belt reminders. That’s bad news in the event of a car accident because “Nearly a third of pickup occupant deaths in 2020 occurred in rollover crashes, in which seat belt use plays a key role because of the risk of ejection.”

It’s important that pickup trucks have these seat belt warnings in part because people who are in pickup trucks tend to not wear seat belts. The president of the IIHS, David Harkey, says “National belt use observations show that people driving or riding in pickups are less likely to buckle up than occupants of other vehicles, so effective reminders are especially important for these vehicles.”

Everyone wants vehicles to be safer, and it’s organizations like the IIHS that point out where they aren’t. In order to make sure that you’re as safe as possible when in your pickup truck (or any vehicle), wearing a seat belt is paramount. And because it isn’t always the case that people in trucks will put on their seatbelts, effective seat belt reminders are so important.

TECH NEWS RELATED

2023 Jeep Wrangler FarOut Edition swan song for the EcoDiesel

It’s official: Jeep is yanking the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 from the Wrangler lineup, celebrating the loss with the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon FarOut Edition. A thread at the JL Wrangler Forums got hold of an e-mail to dealers that broke the news a few days before Stellantis got to it, ...

View more: 2023 Jeep Wrangler FarOut Edition swan song for the EcoDiesel

F1 2022 Singapore Grand Prix: Championship Standings

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18. 02.10.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Race Day. – www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB Images The Singapore Grand Prix marked the 17th round of the 22-round calendar. The race was ...

View more: F1 2022 Singapore Grand Prix: Championship Standings

Prices Increase for a New 2023 Nissan Frontier

Nissan has increased the prices a bit for its 2023 Frontier truck. The new, base, S King Cab 4×2 starts at $29,190. If you can still find a 2022 on a lot, it starts at $28,690. After an eternity on the market, the Frontier was completely redesigned for 2022 and ...

View more: Prices Increase for a New 2023 Nissan Frontier

Kia SUVs: A Guide to the Brand’s Latest Crossovers

Kia is one of the most popular automakers in the American car market, and like many other automakers, Kia has several crossover options in its lineup. Kia has crossover SUV options that span many segments as well, which will give car shoppers many options to think about. Here’s a look ...

View more: Kia SUVs: A Guide to the Brand’s Latest Crossovers

Everything You Get In a Fully Loaded 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Despite the onslaught of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid cars, like the 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid, continue providing fuel-sipping performance without the range anxiety of a battery-powered vehicle. While a fully loaded Toyota Camry Hybrid is more expensive than the comparable non-hybrid Camry XSE, the increased fuel economy could pay you ...

View more: Everything You Get In a Fully Loaded 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Only 1 American Manufacturer Still Doesn’t Offer a Pickup Truck with a Supercharged V8

The supertruck is here. Automakers are now giving a level of attention previously reserved for flagship supercars to a new class of off-road trucks. Examples include the Ford F-150 Raptor R and the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. While General Motors builds several capable off-road pickup trucks, it has not bothered ...

View more: Only 1 American Manufacturer Still Doesn’t Offer a Pickup Truck with a Supercharged V8

F1 2022 Singapore Grand Prix: Race Result

Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB18 leads at the start of the race. 02.10.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Race Day. – www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images Sergio Perez claimed victory in the Singapore Grand ...

View more: F1 2022 Singapore Grand Prix: Race Result

Perez fends off Leclerc for Singapore GP victory

Sergio Perez has taken his second grand prix win of the 2022 Formula 1 season, fending off an attack from Charles Leclerc en route to victory. The pair battled for position in the final stages of the race, after the drivers had switched from Intermediate tyres to slick compounds. ...

View more: Perez fends off Leclerc for Singapore GP victory

Tesla output forecast shows jump in Q4, growth through 2023

Do I Need to Replace My Car’s Fuel Filter?

Latifi handed five-place penalty for Japanese Grand Prix

Ezra Dyer: Legend Race Cars May Look Goofy But They're Serious Fun

What is Cost of setting up an electric car charging station in india?

4 Things Consumer Reports Hates About the 2023 Jeep Wrangler

The Arai SZ-R VAS Jet Helmet Gets A Sena Kit

Fully Electric Citroën C3 Due In 2023

Hight Focuses On The Big Picture At Midwest Nationals

Mercedes says trade deal could make India an export hub

Tesla Could Produce As Many Cars As BMW In 2023

Back From The Dead? Faraday Future Raises $100 Million, Hopes To Finally Launch FF91

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News