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Chrysler Questions 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Failed Moose Test Results

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee rollover in a moose test evaluation

Karla Sanchez
Jul 11, 2012
When Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld tested the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a moose test evaluateing rollover potential, the SUV rolled on two wheels through a slalom on one test run. Chrysler, however, called the test "invalid" and did its own investigation to prove the SUV is not a high rollover risk.
Photo 2/3   |   2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Moose Test
During the moose test shown in the video below, a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee swerved through some cones at a moderate speed, in which it dangerously tilted onto two wheels. Chrysler released a statement saying its engineers attempted to replicate the event with a properly loaded vehicle several times, but couldn't get the SUV to perform the way it did in the initial test. The magazine was also given a chance to replicate the event with Chrysler engineers there to witness it. Three vehicles ran on a course prepared by the magazine 11 times, and none of them wobbled on two wheels.
Chrysler claims Teknikens Varld performed its initial test with a vehicle loaded beyond its weight capacity, which increased the risk for a rollover. In addition, the automaker states in a press release, "the extreme maneuver performed by the magazine is not certified by any regulatory agency, nor is it used to establish any sanctioned safety ratings."
Photo 3/3   |   2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee On Two Wheels
Meanwhile, the Swedish magazine has an updated story on its website. "When we performed the moose test with Chrysler/Fiat present, the tires were pried off the rims." The magazine says that happened seven times. In the U.S., the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (out of a possible five stars) with three stars in the rollover test for rear-drive models and four stars for four-wheel-drive models.
Source: Chrysler, Teknikens Varld

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