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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer Receive “Poor” Safety Rating

“There are clearly better choices out there especially if you are concerned about the safety of your family.”
 -Dave Zuby, SVP of vehicle research, IIHS

 

The most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test results for midsize SUVs are in, and both the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer received a “Poor” rating, the lowest possible, in front-end collisions involving the right side of the vehicle. Officially called an “overlap crash,” the front end crash tests found that injuries were more likely from collisions occurring at speeds of 40 mph or higher with both cars, specifically to the lower leg and foot for Jeep Grand Cherokee front passengers, and to the high and thigh area for Ford Explorer front seat passengers.

The information is significant, given that 4,000 front seat passengers died in a car accident in 2016. That accounts for 16% of all car accident victims that year.

The Ford Explorer had serious issues in front right end collisions, most notably the likelihood of the car to collapse inward onto the font passenger as the result of a front-end accident.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s passenger side air bag didn’t deploy during the crash test, and the passenger door popped open, leaving the passenger susceptible to serious head injuries.

Ford defended itself saying that they have redesigned their 2020 Explorer, which is expected to be commercially available in 2019. Jeep has also said they have recently redesigned the Grand Cherokee, but the release date is not yet available.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s scale ranks cars as either Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor. This year, 3 midsize SUVs received a “good” rating, while 3 others received an “acceptable” rating. Out of 2018 midsize SUVs, none were found to be “marginal” in  terms of crash test safety.

Good:

  1. GMC Acadia
  2. Kia Sorento
  3. Volkswagen Atlas


Acceptable:

  1. Honda Pilot
  2. Nissan Pathfinder
  3. Toyota Highlander


Marginal: NONE


Poor:

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

 

If you or someone you love was a front seat passenger in a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 2018 Ford Explorer and have injuries resulting from a collision, please contact the car accident and injury attorneys of Chicago’s Levin & Perconti. For nearly 30 years, our firm has successfully represented those who have been harmed as the result of car accidents stemming from reckless driving and faulty vehicles. Contact us now for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at (312) 332-2872 or by completing our online case evaluation form.