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Jeep Holds Top 2 Spots on List of Cars with Safety Issues

The latest quarterly report from the Safety Institute’s Vehicle Safety Watch List shows that Jeep’s 2014 and 2015 Grand Cherokee 4×4’s are holding onto the top 2 most unsafe car rankings.  According to death and injury reports submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s are plagued by power train issues. One of the primarily reported issues in 2014 and 2015 Jeeps is that the car has difficulty recognizing that it has been put into park. This has led to vehicle rollaways, causing crashes, injuries and death.

In June 2016, 27 year old actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role in Star Trek, died after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards onto him in his driveway.  The lawsuit describes how he was pinned underneath the car, suffering, until he died alone on his own property. His parents are suing Fiat Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, for wrongful death, alleging that the faulty gear shift caused the car to roll and kill their son. Jeep had recalled over 1 million Grand Cherokees in April 2016 for the defect.

Taken directly from The Safety Institute’s latest report, below is the full list of the 15 vehicles to watch out for:

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

2007 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Electrical

Electrical No Investigations,
but recall
4

2013 DODGE DART
Foundation Brake

Foundation Brake Investigation,
and recall
5

2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Electrical

Electrical No Investigations,
but recall
6

2013 CHRYSLER 300
Power Train

Power Train Investigation,
and recalls
7

2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Electrical

Electrical No Investigations,
but recall
8

2009 TOYOTA CAMRY
Vehicle Speed Control

Vehicle Speed Control Investigations,
and recalls
9

2008 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical Investigation,
and recalls
10

2009 CHEVROLET COBALT
Electrical

Electrical  Investigation,
and recalls
11

2012 GMC ACADIA
Structure

Structure No Investigations,
but recall
12

2008 BUICK ENCLAVE
Structure

Structure

No Investigations,
but recall

13

2012 CHRYSLER 300
Power Train

Power Train Investigation,
and recall
14

2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control No Investigations,
but recall
15

2012 VOLVO S60
Steering

Steering No Investigations,
No recalls