Shortly after our orignal story about Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld’s “moose test,” and how the Jeep Grand Cherokee failed it, we spoke with the company about the reported danger.
In a statement Jeep said Teknikens Värld performed its initial test with a vehicle loaded beyond its weight capacity, which increased the risk for a rollover test – though exactly how (and by how much) it was overloaded has not been shared.
A source familiar with the case told AutoGuide that the Jeep in question was at least 100 lbs overweight, though it’s not clear how much that might impact the vehicle’s safety.
Jeep was also made aware of the incident shortly after it occurred and sent engineers to investigate. The company says it conducted subsequent tests yesterday with three vehicles traveling through the course reproduced by the magazine 11 times, none of which reproduced the original incident.
Jeep also pointed out that the 2012 Grand Cherokee is an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” that comes with standard electronic stability control and roll mitigation. Still, it’s worth noting that the IIHS doesn’t include rollover tests in its rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), does, and its tests reveal that the SUV only scored a three-star rating for rollover safety in two-wheel drive models.
By no means does that validate the Teknikens Värld tests, but it is worth noting that a three-star rating is a bad sign when other SUVs like the 2012 Ford Explorer managed a four-star rating in both four- and two-wheel drive configurations.
While Teknikens Värld said in its original story that it has been performing its “moose test” since the 1970s, Jeep also pointed out that it isn’t certified by any regulatory agency.
We reached out to NHTSA for a comment, but haven’t had a response yet. Once that happens we’ll update our story.