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1997 Jeep Cherokee

Small SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2001
M
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M
1997
M

Applies to 1997-2001 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
P
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Jeep Cherokee was introduced in the 1984 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1997 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower left leg would be likely and injuries to the lower right leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the steering wheel hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4wd
Weight 3,479 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase101 in.
Length168 in.
Width68 in.
Engine4.0 L 6-cylinder
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF98012
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)28
Left (cm)26
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)19
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF98012
Head
HIC-15273
Peak gs at hard contact60
Neck
Tension (kN)2.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)32
Maximum Nij 0.52
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)5.0
Femur force - right (kN)4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left1.52
Maximum tibia index - right0.87
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left111
Right138

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