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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown
1
Built-in child restraints (optional, 1995-96 models)
2
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
M
G
2009
G
M
G
2008
G
M
G
2007
G
M
G
2006
G
M
G
2005
G
M
G
2004
M
2003
M
2002
M
2001
M
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M
1997
M
1996
M

Applies to 1996-98 models

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

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in the 1993 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 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 legs would be likely. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low. The B-pillar hit occurred so late in the crash that accelerations weren't recorded.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the top of the dummy's head hit the roof rail, and the back of its head hit the B-pillar. Also, there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4wd
Weight 3,805 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length177 in.
Width70 in.
Engine4.0 L inline 6-cylinder, 5.2 L V8
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF96001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)20
Left (cm)18
Center (cm)20
Right (cm)26
Brake pedal (cm)19
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)13
Rearward (cm)-4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF96001
Head
HIC-15553
Peak gs at hard contact7
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.2
Femur force - right (kN)2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left1.26
Maximum tibia index - right1.24
Tibia axial force - left (kN)4.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left85
Right87

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