Jeep Wrangler Unsteady in IIHS Driver-Side Crash Test
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Despite structural modifications made by the automaker, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4-door tipped over during a driver-side crash test conducted by engineers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Specifically, after striking the barrier used in the crash test, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler tipped onto its passenger side. The result was a marginal rating for driver-side small overlap protection — eliminating the vehicle from earning a Top Safety Pick award.
Overall, the mid-size SUV Wrangler performed well by the normal metrics used to evaluate performance in the test, notes IIHS. The safety cage surrounding the driver held its structure well. The restraints also effectively controlled the movement of the dummy, though the test indicated a significant risk of injury to the driver’s left leg and foot and the combination head and torso side airbag did not deploy.
But tipping onto its side presents an additional injury risk beyond what the standard criteria are intended to measure. While always dangerous, the Wrangler has a roof and doors that can be removed and lacks side curtain airbags, making the scenario even more concerning.
Noteworthy, the 2019 model also tipped over in an IIHS test conducted as part of an audit program. However, since then, Stellantis has been working diligently to address the problem. The automaker will likely continue to explore the issue and more structural modifications may be in the planning phase.