2018 Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee receive “poor” crash test ratings – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – tech2.org

2018 Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee receive “poor” crash test ratings – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Shock tests on two popular SUVs reveal serious safety concerns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the "poor" ratings of 2018 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee on the front pbadenger crash tests, which show that the built-in protections on the driver's side are not necessarily there for pbadengers of the front seat.

The agency tested eight SUVs. Only three of them scored the highest "good" – 2019 Kia Sorento, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 GMC Acadia. Three others were qualified as "acceptable": 2018 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2018 Honda Pilot.

The collision test focused on frontal crashes where the SUVs were going at 40 mph. The Insurance Institute estimates that 25 percent of serious injuries and deaths from frontal accidents are the result of these types of accidents, reports Kris Van Cleave, CBS News correspondent.

The 2018 Ford Explorer qualified as poor because its structure collapsed up to 15 inches inside the SUV, resulting in a high probability of injuries to the right hip and left leg of the front pbadenger. Ford insisted that the Explorer is safe and said: "We continuously improve our vehicles to help our customers stay safe on the road."

"We were observing that some of the countermeasures or design changes that automakers were making on the driver's side were not necessarily on the right side of the vehicle," said David Zuby, IIHS research director.

In the test, the doll's head from the pbadenger crash on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the board through the airbag. The side airbag does not unfold and the door opens allowing the head of the manikin to exit the SUV.

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<p>  Low performance resulted in possible head injuries. The vehicle's safety box was introduced into the cab up to 10 inches. Fiat-Chrysler, which makes the Jeep, said all of its vehicles "meet or exceed federal safety standards" and "are designed to deal with real driving situations." No single test measures the overall safety of the vehicle. </p>
<p>  "My advice to people Who are buying new vehicles is that they have better options," said Zuby. </p>
<p>  The Kia Sorento 2019 scored "well" after being redesigned to better protect the front pbadengers. It is the only SUV of the eight tested to obtain the highest IIHS rating: best safety plus selection.  </p>
<p>  Both the Jeep and the Explorer are older designs. Ford expects its all-new Explorer 2020 to work better when it launches next year. IIHS said it expects Jeep to improve its performance when Grand Cherokee is updated. </p>
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