According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, two of the most popular SUV’s in America are the worst-ranked in crash tests. These tests cover a range of issues, but most importantly look at structural issues and airbag deployment. In the 8 car test, 6 of the SUVs managed to receive good or acceptable scores. The IIHS Chief Research Officer said “Although some vehicles in this group offer very good protection, in other models, the airbags, safety belts, and structure showed serious deficiencies. In those SUVs, a front-seat passenger would be at risk of injuries to the head, hip or leg in a right-side small overlap front crash.”
IIHS Test Results
The two cars that didn’t manage to meet the standards were the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer. The Explorer’s rating was poor because it had serious structural concerns. In a passenger-side test crash, the door was pushed 6 inches towards the dummy in the vehicle. The test concluded this would lead to a high possibility of right hip injuries and severe lower left leg injuries. The driver side crash wasn’t much better. While the injuries would have been less severe, that doesn’t bring much comfort to consumers who count on their car to protect them in accidents.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger-side test was much worse. The airbag didn’t do a very good job after being deployed. The dummy hit the dashboard hard in a collision. The door opened and moved outside the vehicle during the rebound. Measures from the dummy indicated that the passenger would most likely suffer from serious head and right leg injuries. It’s deeply disturbing to imagine not being able to count on your airbag to protect you from major head injuries. Not to mention having to worry about your door being swung open in a collision. This would leave almost nothing to protect the passenger. Something especially concerning for multicar accidents.
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