U.S. agency Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) puts a significant number of vehicles through its crash tests each year, which helps determine which models are the safest on the market.
Over the years, the tests have been refined to reflect different situations that motorists may encounter. The IIHS’s well-earned reputation for rigour in the way it evaluates vehicles has forced manufacturers to offer products that are safer and safer during impacts.
This is all excellent. And it’s shining a not-so-flattering light on the Jeep Wrangler, which is having a devil of a time with the agency’s small overlap crash test in particular. Basically, in that test, only 25 percent of the front of the vehicle comes into contact with an obstacle, causing it to rotate on itself.
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