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The 2008 Mazda B-Series has most of the basic safety features found on comparable vehicles reviewed by TheCarConnection.com.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the driver is well protected in collisions. Front- and driver-side impacts both received a rating of five stars with the regular cab of the Mazda 2008; scores for the passenger and driver with the extended cab version of the 2008 Mazda were slightly lower. Both variants received a rollover rating of three. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2008 Mazda B-Series an overall rating of "acceptable” for frontal offset crash tests.
According to Edmunds, standard safety features on all variants of the Mazda 2008 include anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system; however, "all other modern safety features, such as stability control and side curtain airbags, are not available." Cars.com reports that the 2008 Mazda's passenger-side airbag can be deactivated with the use of a key-activated switch and confirms that "side-impact airbags are not available."
The 2008 Mazda B-Series scores acceptably in crash tests, but many modern safety features are not offered.