Rollovers. We as avid off-road folks don’t think much when a Jeep rolls over…when it’s doing extreme stuff off road. When the newest 4 door Wrangler hit a barrier at 40 miles an hour during the two random audit tests conducted by the Insurance Institute, tipped onto it’s side, the IIHS had to downgrade the Jeep’s safety rating to “marginal”.
The Institute said the Wrangler did a good job of protecting the driver from the actual impact. The occupant compartment held up well, for instance.
What is interesting is that the test showing the 2015 did not result in the same tip over as you can see below.
In a tweet from FCA: “”FCA has produced more than 500,000 of these vehicles. By conservative estimate, they have accounted for 6.7 billion miles of on-road driving. From this population, we are unaware of any incidents that correlate with the vehicle dynamic portion of the IIHS test result. With more than 75 available safety and security features, the Unlimited meets or exceeds all federal safety standards and continues to win acclaim from news organizations and consumer groups. Since its 2017 introduction, the vehicle has earned one award nearly every eight weeks for attributes ranging from capability to residual value, and for achievements such as highest customer loyalty and SUV of the year. No single test determines vehicle safety. FCA routinely monitors third-party evaluations and factors such findings into our product-development process. We design our vehicles for real-world performance. And real-world data, along with continuing demand, indicate the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited meets or exceeds customer expectations.”
The IIHS is a private auto safety group financed by auto insurance companies. It conducts a variety of crash tests which are different from those performed by the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.