Chrysler Group is celebrating two home runs with as their Fiat 500L and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee manage to pass the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash test with flying colors. The cars were awarded with the Top Safety Award, which is high praise when it comes to measuring a car’s safety.
The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee may look like an angry hen, but it is a safe family SUV, having recorded the highest-possible rating of “good” in all categories – front moderate overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.
The Cherokee’s bulk as a sport utility vehicle does help the car in achieving its safety goals, but it also relies on a number of advanced safety features to ensure the occupants are protected under any circumstances. They include:
- Advanced multistage driver and front passenger air bags, which inflate with force appropriate to the severity of the impact; they meet FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants
- All-row full-length side-curtain air bags, which extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers; housed in the headliner above the side windows, each side air bag has its own impact sensor that triggers deployment on the side where an impact occurs
- Front-seat and rear-seat-mounted side pelvic thorax bags, which provide enhanced protection to the driver and front and rear outboard passenger in certain impacts; each side air bag has its own impact sensor that triggers deployment on the side where an impact occurs
- Driver’s-side knee air bag deploys with the advanced multistage driver air bag; located below the instrument panel, it’s designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection
- Front-passenger knee air bag deploys with the advanced multistage front passenger air bag; located below the instrument panel, it‘s designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection