Jeep Grand Cherokee1999-2004 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 1999 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. As the dummy moved into the airbag, it moved toward the driver door. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel.
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 possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test -- plus the footwell intrusion -- indicate the driver's survival space wasn't maintained well.
- The steering wheel moved upward far too much. Another problem is that the head restraints aren't high enough to protect most people in rear-end impacts.
- The vehicle's wheel was driven back into the footwell, contributing to the possibility of leg injuries.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional, beginning with 2002 models).
- Antilock brakes
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4wd
- Class: Midsize SUV
- Weight: 3,968 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 106 in.
- Length: 182 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 4.0 L 6-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 16 mpg city | 21 mpg highway