Watch New Jeep Wrangler JL Tip Over During Latest Crash Test
8 May 2020 - motor1
IIHS downgraded its driver-side small overlap front crash test rating.
A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety details the new Jeep Wrangler JL's Marginal rating for the institute's driver-side small overlap front crash test. Jeep redesigned it for the 2018 model year. During the test, the Wrangler tipped over, forcing the institute to downgrade the SUV's rating even though it performed well in the crash.
IIHS downgraded the Wrangler's rating to Marginal because the tipping over could present "additional injury risk beyond what the standard criteria are intended to measure," according to the institute's press release. "A vehicle tipping onto its side is not an acceptable outcome," IIHS added. The Wrangler did protect the driver's space and the dummy, controlling its movements throughout the crash.
The institute notes that partial rollover crashes present additional dangers, especially for a vehicle like the Wrangler that features a removable roof and doors, which raises the risks of a passenger being ejected from the vehicle. The removable roof also means the Wrangler lacks side curtain airbags.