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Safety Institute Lists 15 Cars on Vehicle Safety Watch List, Jeep Takes Top 2 Spots

The Safety Institute has released its Vehicle Safety Watch List, a result of research on the most dangerous vehicles on the road today. The Safety Institute is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for and educating consumers about product safety and injury prevention. The Vehicle Safety Watch List is a quarterly report based on recall and car accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The efforts behind The Vehicle Safety Watch List are funded in large part by the parents of Brooke Melton, a 29 year old woman who died in a car accident after her Chevy Cobalt malfunctioned. After the death of their daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Melton discovered that General Motors was aware of the cause of the malfunction and had not disclosed the information to the public.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 x 4 Tops the List of Cars to Watch Out For
Jeep’s Grand Cherokee 4 x 4 (make: 2014 & 2015) has taken the 1st and 2nd spot in the list, both for issues with the power train.

The list below, taken directly from the Safety Institute’s website, contains 15 cars that have shown trends in defects, have been investigated for issues by NHTSA and/or recalled by the manufacturer. Clicking in the notes column will take you to the Safety Institutes summary of the data reported to NHTSA regarding the defects to the part of the car identified as being problematic.

Rank This Period

Vehicle and Component

Component Definition

Notes
1 2015 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4×4
Power Train
Power Train Investigations,
and recall
2 2014 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4×4
Power Train
Power Train Investigations,
and recall
3

2012 CHRYSLER 300
Power Train

Power Train Investigation,
and recall
4

2008 BUICK ENCLAVE
Structure

Structure No Investigations,
but recall
5

2009 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical Investigation,
and recalls
6

2009 TOYOTA CAMRY
Speed Control

Speed Control Investigations,
and recalls
7

2007 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical Investigation,
and recall
8

2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Electrical

Electrical No Investigations,
but recalls
9

2012 GMC ACADIA
Structure

Structure No Investigations,
but recalls
10

2012 VOLVO S60
Steering

Steering  No Investigations,
No recalls
11

2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control No Investigations,
but recall
12

2006 PONTIAC G6
Steering

Steering

Investigation,
and recalls

13

2012 FORD FUSION
Steering

Steering Investigation,
and recall
14

2015 MAZDA MAZDA6
Structure

Structure No Investigations,
No recalls
15

2013 DODGE DART
Foundation Brake

Foundation Brake No Investigations,
but recall

How to Find out If Your Car Has Been Recalled 
Typically, manufacturers notify owners via mail or phone call about a recall on their vehicle. However, for those who have purchased a used car, how can you be sure that the car has been serviced for an issue listed under a recall? The NHTSA operates a database of all cars that have been repaired as part of a recall and allows the user to search by the vehicle’s VIN number.  If you have a previously owned car, we encourage you to search for your vehicle to find out if yours has been repaired as part of a recall or is still in need of service. Roads are a shared resource and it is our duty to ensure that the cars we are driving are not a danger to ourselves or to others.