A brand new Jeep has gotten a sharply critical safety rating in the latest appraisals from independent safety body Euro NCAP. The Jeep Wrangler received a poor one-star rating in the most recent series of Euro NCAP crash tests.
The SUV was proven weak in giving protection to the driver’s chest and passengers in the rear seats during crash barrier tests. The Wrangler was also criticized for not having the most up-to-date crash evasion systems.
The one-star rating was earned after a number collision tests that include 40 mph into a front offset deformable barrier, 31 mph into a front full-width rigid barrier, 31 mph into a side-impact mobile barrier, also 10 and 15 mph whiplash tests and 25 mph pedestrian-crash simulation that measured leg and head injuries.
Even though the Wrangler did well in the side barrier test and received a Good rating for whiplash protection, it failed to get a positive assessment in the frontal crash tests. The Jeep gave insufficient protection for body area, neck, and chest for the driver and adult passenger, while providing better protection for the femurs and knees.
Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, expressed his disappointment to find such a brand-new car being sold without autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. “It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors.”
In defense, FCA says the Wrangler has met or even exceeded federal safety conditions “in every market in which it is sold.”
According to the automaker, the Wrangler is built for challenging off-road driving and that testing procedures that pertain solely to urban circumstances may not line up with this kind of car.
FCA claims that the Jeep is a dedicated off-road working SUV with qualities not found on everyday cars, and that it is made using high-resistance steel in all vital areas. It also has “more than 70 advanced safety and security features” as proof that the company take safety “incredibly seriously”.