Jeep Grand Cherokee Tires Pop During Second Moose Test

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Tires Pop During Second Moose Test
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Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld’s accusations toward the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee became much harder to dispute with the rag’s latest video. Both the clip and brief article that accompany it end with a pointed message that says: “Don’t buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for you and your family’s safety.”

Harsh allegations on both sides brought tension to a snapping point this week between Chrysler and the magazine after it published a story accusing the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee of posing a potentially fatal rollover risk during its “moose test.”

The moose test, which as Chrysler pointed out, is unsanctioned by any regulatory body, is meant to simulate a driver suddenly swerving to avoid an obstruction at roughly 40 mph.

It didn’t take long for things to heat up between the two groups, with Chrysler’s senior vice president of communications coming out of the gate swinging. He wrote a blog post that accuses the Swedish rag of unprofessionalism and cheating, to which it responded quickly in its own defense. The journalists behind the story argued that Chrysler provided incorrect weight ratings for what the Grand Cherokee could handle safely, which is what produced the dramatic results first seen last Monday.

While bickering over whether or not the SUV was overweight carried significance in the case, its importance shriveled after the second, Chrysler-supervised, test took place.

Company engineers watched to be certain that weight restrictions were met, but Teknikens Varld’s subsequent story reported a new flaw. It said during seven of the 11 “re-tests,” the truck’s tires were pried from the wheels, though there weren’t pictures or video to corroborate until today.

Chrysler couldn’t comment immediately on the new video, but is expected to respond soon.

Watch the Re-test of the Jeep Grand Cherokee here. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/bdalling Ben Dalling

    I didn’t believe the results the first time but I have to say my mind has been changed. This need’s to be addressed. It’s worth noting though that the Grand Cherokee can climb rocks and mountains, where the VW and the Volvo would probably have trouble in wet grass.

    Either way, it need’s to be fixed.

  • ToddinRaleigh

    haha so photo shopped!  You know you can’t get a wheel shaved in half like that from asphalt cornering.