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Jeep Wrangler scores only 1-Star safety rating in crash test

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The crash safety results are out for the Jeep Wrangler introduced in April 2019 in the Australian and New Zealand car markets. The SUV was crash tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which is the crash safety test agency for Australia and New Zealand and the results were declared on 28th May 2019 showing that the SUV has received 1-star ANCAP rating for safety performance.

According to the ANCAP, the SUV has not done well in three out of four key areas and the scores are given below:-

  • 50% Adult Occupant Protection
  • 80% Child Occupant Protection
  • 49% Vulnerable Road User Protection
  • 32% Safety Assist Features

The Jeep Wrangler was also tested by the European New Car Assesment Program (Euro NCAP) and the 4-door variant of the car and was given 1-star in December 2018 and the results for the tests are as follows:-

  • 50% Adult Occupant Protection
  • 69% Child Occupant Protection
  • 49% Vulnerable Road Users
  • 32% Safety Assist Features

According to the ANCAP report, during the offset frontal impact, the structural integrity of the front passenger compartment was compromised between the A-pillar and the cross fascia beam. The dashboard structures were potential sources of injury for both the front occupants and rearward displacement of pedals with the combination of the ruptured foot well were sources of injury for the driver’s legs. The Wrangler gets dual frontal and side airbags as standard, which offers head and chest protection to its occupants in the front seats. No head protection side airbags are provided for the rear occupants. The Wrangler did not go through an oblique pole test but results from the side test show good results.

The child safety tests were conducted using a dummy equivalent to a 6-year-old child and a 10-year-old child and the 6-year-old child did good in the frontal offset test for all body regions, the 10-year-old child faired poorly for protection in the neck region and was rated adequate for the chest area.

The bonnet of the Wrangler provides poor or adequate protection to vulnerable road users and the head of a struck pedestrian fairs poorly. The protection on the pelvis region was good and the legs show mixed results. The car is equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) but does not detect pedestrians and cyclists, also the system does not come standard on all models and hence it was not tested.

The Wrangler comes with a seat belt reminder system for all passengers with an occupancy detection system and also has a driver-set speed limiter. The car does not come equipped with lane assist, and the standard variants do not come with AEB.

The new Jeep Wrangler has been spotted testing in India and is expected to launch soon. The SUV will be priced around the INR 65 lakh mark and will be available in petrol and diesel variants.