Jeep Grand Cherokee Tires Pop During Second Moose Test

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

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.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Jul 13, 2012

    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 ToddinRaleigh on Sep 30, 2012

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