Weak Grand Cherokee Roof Dangerous?
Date 2008/3/12 7:03:49 | Topic: Grand Cherokee
|An article on USAToday.com reports that stronger SUV roofs could have saved up to 200 lives in roll-over accidents in 2006. |
Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Jeep Grand Cherokee has one of the weakest roofs out there when looking at strength-to-weight ratio.
The institute estimates that people in SUVs with roofs as strong as the top-rated Nissan (NSANY) Xterra face up to 57% less risk of serious injury or death in a single-vehicle rollover than those in the 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee or 1996-2004 Chevrolet Blazer. The 1996-2001 Ford (F) Explorer was also among the SUVs that the institute said had the weakest roofs.
Chrysler, which owns the Jeep brand, notes that IIHS reported last year that the Grand Cherokee actually has a lower fatality rate in rollover crashes than the Xterra. But IIHS spokesman Russ Rader says Wednesday's report controlled for factors that influence the chance of a rollover so it could isolate the link between roof strength and injury risk.