Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Jeep Wrangler Slammed with 1-Star Safety Rating in Euro Crash Test

Jeep Wrangler Slammed with 1-Star Safety Rating in Euro Crash Test

While Fiat can at least claim that the Panda is a seven-year-old vehicle and is unable to be redesigned to meet some of the latest standards, it has no such excuse with the new Jeep Wrangler, which is a completely new design and has only just arrived in United Kingdom showrooms.

At the same time the Fiat Panda and Jeep Wrangler were licking their wounds, after the former got 0 (zero) stars and the latter only one, Volvo was celebrating a virtually continuous streak of five-star ratings.

For context, the 2018 Wrangler achieved a three-star front crash rating in NHTSA's tests, and it has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which subjects vehicles to tests and evaluations that go above and beyond NHTSA's efforts. Amidst promising to be brand new in every sense, the Wrangler only offers driver set speed limiter, seatbelt reminder, driver airbag, passenger airbags, side chest and head airbags. "The vehicle offers more than 75 advanced safety and security features, including four standard-equipment airbags, and starting in early 2019, an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that combines the benefits of camera and radar technologies".

The Panda and Punto - which was tested 12 months ago - at least have the excuse of being old cars that Euro NCAP felt the need to test against the latest safety requirements.

Independent testers rated adult occupant protection at 89 percent, confirming that they are well protected in an accident.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro Ncap stated, "It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance. It is high time we saw a product from the FIAT-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", says Michiel van Ratingen.

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They said the join between the A-pillar and trans-fascia beam had been damaged in such a way that indicated it would not be able to withstand higher loads. "Deformation of the footwell showed that the structure had reached the limit of its integrity", read part of the report. The auto goes through the usual frontal offset crash test as for the Indian cars but also has a side impact, a full frontal test and several pedestrian tests too.

They now track a vehicle's safety systems based on its performance in four main areas: adult occupant protection for driver and passenger, child occupant protection, vulnerable road users protection, and safety assist.

The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP.

Results included weak driver chest protection in the frontal offset test, poor rear passenger chest protection in the full-width frontal test, and poor rear seat whiplash protection in the rear impact test.

Because the independent safety watchdog regularly updates and tightens its rules, it apparently seemed instructive to retest that vehicle that is still on sale seven years later. In Europe, that job falls to the Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

The protection of children in the vehicle is rated very high with 86 percent.

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