The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic SUVs on the road today. It’s a sporty SUV with a seriously adventurous vibe that has made it a perennial favorite. Yet the Jeep Wrangler is not without its problems, and one of its most pervasive – and serious – problems hasn’t been fixed for the 2022 model year. Here’s what made the 2022 Jeep Wrangler tip over and why you just might want to cross this SUV off of your shopping list.
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler tips over
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) most recent crash tests, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler tipped over. This happened in the driver-side small overlap crash test, which measures how well a vehicle does when the front left part of the vehicle strikes a five-foot-tall rigid barrier. This test simulates what happens when a vehicle hits something like a telephone pole or tree, according to the IIHS.
In the 2022 small overlap test, the Jeep Wrangler tipped over onto its passenger side when it struck the barrier. This resulted in the new Wrangler getting a marginal score for this test.
This isn’t the first time the Jeep Wrangler tipped over during testing
This isn’t the first time that the Jeep Wrangler has tipped over during the IIHS small overlap testing. In fact, this most recent version of the Wrangler was supposed to fix the problem which caused the Wrangler to tip over in previous tests.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler tipped over during the IIHS small overlap front test as well. Then too, the Jeep Wrangler received a marginal rating for the test. The Jeep Wrangler was the first vehicle to tip over during IIHS testing.
Tipping over presents a serious safety concern
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When an SUV tips over, it can cause serious injuries and even death. The IIHS says that its testing cannot predict how grievous those injuries may be, in part because their tests do not include a dummy in the passenger seat. The IIHS does note that rollovers, even partial ones like a tip over, can be serious because of the risk of a person being ejected from the SUV. This risk is even more dangerous in the Wrangler because it “has a roof and doors that can be removed and lacks side curtain airbags.”
Stellantis, Jeep’s parent company, is aware of the problem with the Wrangler and has been trying to fix it. Although they modified the structure of the 2022 Wrangler, it wasn’t enough to make the SUV safer during the small overlap test. Hopefully it will be able to take the results of this test and be able to make the next iteration of the Jeep Wrangler safer.
People love the Jeep Wrangler and it’s unclear just how much these results will impact its popularity. Of course, some people will want to avoid an SUV with a marginal safety rating, and that is completely understandable – especially considering that SUVs like the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport offer the same adventurous edge but with the added bonus of being a Top Safety Pick+ winner.