Trucks, SUVs and vans usually have thicker “A-Pillars” than automobiles due to federal roof-strength requirements to stop collapse in rollover crashes, the IIHS stated. The pillars usually are wider as a result of they’ve to resist the upper weights of the larger automobiles.
And the pillars aren’t the one issues creating blind spots within the larger automobiles. Consumer Reports discovered final yr that prime hoods additionally obstructed driver views of pedestrians crossing in entrance of the automobiles.
“To see over that high hood, you’re going to be looking further down the road,” said Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports’ auto test center.
The magazine and website found that pickup truck hood heights have risen 11% since 2000. The hood of a 2017 Ford F-250 heavy-duty pickup was 55 inches off the ground, as tall as the roofs of some cars, Stockburger said.
Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, which sell the bulk of the large SUVs and pickups in the U.S., all declined comment on the study. Messages were left seeking comment from Auto Innovators, an industry trade group.
Automakers could use stronger metals to make the A-Pillars smaller and increase visibility, said Wen Hu, an IIHS senior transportation engineer and another study author. “These larger vehicles, they need stronger pillars, we all understand that,” she stated. “Increasing the size of the A-Pillar is not the only way to increase the strength.”