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Why Does America Refuse To Crash Test The Jeep Wrangler?

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Both Europe and Australia say it's unsafe.

Let's be honest: the Jeep Wrangler has never been the definition of safety, vehicular speaking. Although it offers endless amounts of off-road fun, if safety is your main issue when buying a vehicle, the Wrangler and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited will definitely not be at the top of your list. But what if you are in the market for one and, fair enough, want to know its safety ratings. Well, turns out they don't exist, at least in the US.

The Drive reached to Jeep, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety regarding a future crash test date. Turns out there isn't anything planned in the near future. Only a few days ago did we report that the Wrangler received another dismal crash test rating, this time in Australia. The new JL-generation Wrangler received a one-star rating, making it the lowest-rated vehicle on sale Down Under.

Late last year, the 2019 Wrangler was crash tested by Euro NCAP. It also received a one-star rating, mainly due to its lack of standard safety aids such as automatic emergency braking and lane assistance. Australia and New Zeeland's crash test safety institute, ANCAP, cited several structural issues as some of the main reasons why the JL Wrangler did so poorly. Given everything, wouldn't it make sense for the NHTSA to crash test the latest Wrangler as well? What about the IIHS?

Of course it would, but it won't. Neither organization is required by law to do so because, as The Driver further points out, there's no statute stating that crash tests have to occur before a new vehicle is available to consumers.

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The NHTSA further mentioned that the tests and ratings provided by it and the IIHS go "beyond what is required by federal law. There is, however, one piece of information the NHTSA offers regarding JL Wrangler safety, rollover protection. It received a three out of five-star score.

A Jeep spokesperson also told The Drive that it's not aware of any planned upcoming tests by either organization, as both "make their own schedules." The IIHS didn't rule out a Wrangler crash test completely, but it wasn't on their docket. In other words, the three-star rollover rating is the only Jeep Wrangler safety data you'll find in America. So, good luck out there, Wrangler owners.

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