In announcing the Safest Pickups for 2012, J.D. Power and Associates recently noted that only two half-ton pickup trucks on the market — the 2012 Ford F-150 and 2012 Toyota Tundra — have earned an overall crash-test score of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
J.D. Power said the 2012 F-150 "is equipped with six standard airbags, four-wheel ventilated disc antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, trailer-sway control, hill start assist and roll stability control. All versions except for the base XL model have MyKey programmable safety features. A Sync smartphone pairing system includes 911 Assist service, which automatically contacts a 911 operator for help in the event of an airbag deployment. Optional safety equipment includes rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera and rain-sensing wipers."
For the 2012 Tundra, J.D. Power said every CrewMax "is equipped with eight airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Additionally, the Tundra comes standard with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, trailer-sway control and a Smart Stop system designed to prevent the truck from accelerating if the brake pedal is pressed. A reversing camera and front and rear park-assist sensors are optional."