2003 Jeep Liberty

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2003 Jeep Liberty 4-door SUV
2002 Jeep Liberty shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2002-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 4-door 4wd
The Jeep Liberty was introduced in the 2002 model year as a replacement for the Jeep Cherokee.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Liberty in two 40 mph moderate overlap frontal crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the airbag deployed late because an airbag sensor wire shorted out early in the crash. This led Chrysler to develop a fix for this problem by shielding the wiring, and the manufacturer recalled the affected vehicles. The Institute tested a second Liberty with the fix and the airbag inflated much earlier. Ratings of the Liberty are based on the results of the second test, except structural performance is based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled in the second test. The dummy's head leaned out the open side window during rebound, then it hit the window frame.

Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests.

The driver's survival space was maintained well, as indicated by the dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the second crash test.

Forces on the head when the dummy moved into the airbag were moderately high in the second test, indicating the possibility of head injuries.

In both tests, the dummy's head moved outside the open side window after rebounding from the airbag (second test pictured).

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2002-07 models

Seat type: Seats with fixed head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2002-07 models

Seat type: Seats with adjustable head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry