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Justin Hyde at Yahoo’s Motoramic blog is reporting that the 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck caught fire after a crash test in March.Obviously, this isn’t what is supposed to happen.
The crash test was conducted by an outside contractor of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) who followed all procedures and guidelines for crash testing.
After the test, the NHTSA said that the Ram showed smoke and flames from the engine compartment. It appears they developed in the area around the area where the radiator smashed into the engine.
The NHTSA awarded the Ram just two stars for driver safety in a head on collision.
While this may be disconcerting, it should be noted that the Ram hasn’t shown an epidemic of catching fire after crashes and this appears to be isolated.
Chrysler is working to fix the issue and improve safety in future models.
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