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By Kelsey Mays

August 14, 2020

Back-to-school season in 2020 promises to be like none in recent memory, but that won’t stop freshly minted license-holders from wanting a shiny new ride to roll up to campus in (even if virtual learning consigns it mostly to the driveway). A choice that surfaces from time to time is the Jeep Wrangler, an iconic nameplate with pop-culture appeal for teens past and present. Should parents oblige? An absent safety feature might give them pause.

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The Jeep Wrangler is among a handful of vehicles that still lack side curtain airbags in 2020 — and thanks to an exclusion from a federal safety standard that might prompt their inclusion, Jeep faces no directive to add the feature, which has been associated with reductions in crash fatalities. The SUV comes in two-door and four-door versions (the latter called the Wrangler Unlimited), both of which offer removable doors and roof panels. It’s a design that might present challenges to the installation of such airbags, though it doesn’t ensure their absence — look no further than the Ford Bronco, an all-new SUV with a similar open-air design that has side curtain airbags.

Ford planned curtain airbags from the start of the off-road SUV’s development, said Eric Loeffler, Bronco chief program engineer. For now, the effectiveness of the Bronco’s curtains remains unknown. The SUV doesn’t hit dealerships until the spring of 2021, and neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published crash-test results as of this writing.

Asked why the Wrangler is excluded from key safety standards, regulators didn’t confirm a reason. Neither did Jeep’s parent automaker, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which only reiterated the Wrangler’s compliance with all applicable safety standards.

The Wrangler has standard front and seat-mounted side airbags, the latter extending upward to protect occupants’ heads. Crash tests have shown their effectiveness at protecting front-seat occupants even during side impacts — but side impact protection for backseat occupants, and protection against occupant ejection during a rollover, remain question marks.

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Curtain Airbags Explained

During a collision or rollover, side curtain airbags can deploy a curtain with inflated sections just inside the windows to help lessen head injuries and prevent occupant ejection. Introduced in the late 1990s, such airbags typically augment seat-mounted airbags that protect occupants’ torsos. But their presence alone hasn’t always guaranteed crashworthiness credentials: In the early days of curtain airbags, some models thus equipped still fared poorly in side-impact crash tests by IIHS. Other cars, meanwhile, did just fine without them.

Still, the effectiveness of curtain airbags when combined with side torso airbags bears out in the aggregate. An analysis of government fatality data published in 2014 by NHTSA estimated a 31.3% reduction in fatalities for vehicles with curtain and torso airbags for front-seat occupants during impacts to the side where they sat. That’s more than the 24.8% reduction in fatalities for seat-mounted side airbags with head protection but no curtains.

In any case, curtain airbags have proliferated. NHTSA said 85% of new cars and light trucks had curtains for model-year 2011, and a Cars.com analysis of automaker and Automotive News data estimates that’s now the case for nearly 98% of cars and trucks sold in the first half of 2020.

It’s easy to see why. Although no law explicitly requires curtains — unlike frontal airbags, which regulators have required in passenger vehicles since 1999 — they’re all but necessary to comply with a 2011 safety regulation to help protect against side window ejections, which NHTSA said at the time were responsible for 62% of fatal occupant ejections in all crashes. In the final rule, regulators anticipated automakers would pass the requirement by modifying existing side-impact airbag curtains, and possibly supplementing them with advanced glazing to reinforce windows.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 226 required automakers to comply fleetwide by 2017. Asked if it was aware of any vehicles that satisfied the rule without curtain airbags, NHTSA told Cars.com in an emailed statement that automakers “typically certify their vehicles to FMVSS 226 using ejection mitigation side-curtain airbags.”

Excluded From Two Rules

Vehicles excluded from FMVSS 226 include those with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds — equivalent to a typical three-quarter-ton pickup truck, such as a Ford Super Duty F-250 or Ram 2500 — as well as convertibles, walk-in vans, vehicles with partitions between the front and rear seats, those with modified roofs and a few other minor classifications.

NHTSA’s final ruling on the standard also excludes cars with easily removable doors, but that exclusion doesn’t appear in the law itself. That’s an omission the Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, a coalition that lobbies for auto-safety legislation, points out.

“In the final rule, when you look at the application of the FMVSS, the [removable] doors exemption actually did not make it into the final rule,” Shaun Kildare, senior director of research, told Cars.com.

We asked NHTSA why the exclusion for vehicles with removable doors did not make the final law. The agency released a statement to Cars.com saying that “the rule’s meaning is clear,” but it “is considering whether measures to address any inadvertent confusion are necessary and appropriate.”

In any case, the exclusion seems to be common knowledge.

FCA has reported that the 2018 to 2021 Jeep Wrangler is ‘exempt,’” NHTSA told Cars.com in an emailed statement. The agency notes that the standard “excludes vehicles that have no doors or doors that are designed to be easily attached or removed so that the vehicle can be operated without doors” — a description that characterizes the Wrangler — but said FCA didn’t report the specific rationale behind its exemption claim.

That isn’t the only standard that may not apply to the Wrangler. The SUV is also excluded from FMVSS 214, a side impact standard that regulators tightened in 2007 to require that cars protect occupants from a simulated 20 mph side impact with a pole. NHTSA noted in 2014 that vehicles would need “curtain bags if possible; [or] combination bags or door-mounted head-impact bags in convertibles without a roof rail” to meet the pole test. It’s one of three tests to which FMVSS 214 subjects most passenger vehicles — but the standard excludes vehicles with easily removable doors from all three.

The related Jeep Gladiator pickup truck, which also lacks curtain airbags, follows the same path: “FCA reported that FMVSS Nos. 214 and 226 do not apply to the 2020-21 Jeep Gladiator,” NHTSA said.

Crash Performance

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Exclusions to federal safety standards are just “a byproduct of people looking at the rules,” Kildare said. FCA “could also have made the vehicle bigger, and as soon as they could make it be 10,000 pounds [GVWR], they could also be exempt.”

Still, such exclusions don’t preclude crash tests, particularly by third parties like IIHS. The four-door Wrangler underwent such evaluations, rolling onto its side during the agency’s small overlap frontal test. Although the SUV’s safety structure maintained good integrity, IIHS downgraded its small overlap rating to marginal (out of good, acceptable, marginal and poor) because it tipped over.

“This result would be troubling in any vehicle, but it’s especially so with the Wrangler due to the lack of ejection mitigating side airbags,” Joe Young, a spokesman for the agency, said. “While the thorax airbag did deploy, it doesn’t provide the full coverage needed to prevent an occupant — especially an unbelted one — from being ejected. Thorax airbags are also not designed to hold air for as long as side airbags, so it was essentially deflated by the time the vehicle landed on its side.”

The Wrangler’s lack of curtains left an asterisk in IIHS’ side impact tests, too. Overall protection rated well, but with no side airbags for the rear seats — curtain or otherwise — the agency noted insufficient head protection for backseat occupants.

“Though the Wrangler did score an overall rating of good in the side test, it’s relatively rare to see a downgrade like that in a modern vehicle in our side test,” Young said.

Indeed, another car IIHS deemed insufficient for backseat head protection in side impact tests was the Ford Mustang convertible. It, too, lacks curtain airbags.

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In response to the test, FCA issued a statement that it was “unaware of any incidents that correlate with the vehicle dynamic portion of the IIHS test result” amid some 500,000 vehicles produced and 6.7 billion miles of on-road driving.

“No single test determines vehicle safety,” the automaker said. “FCA routinely monitors third-party evaluations and factors such findings into our product-development process. We design our vehicles for real-world performance. And real-world data, along with continuing demand, indicate the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited meets or exceeds customer expectations.”

Government crash tests, meanwhile, lack full results. Certain variants of the 2019-21 model earned four out of five stars in NHTSA’s frontal crash tests, but the agency had published no results for side-impact tests as of this writing. (The current-generation two-door Wrangler lacks any published crash tests from IIHS.)

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Thirty-two passenger vehicles for the 2020 model year lack side-curtain airbags. Almost all of them are low-slung convertibles or high-performance exotic cars. The Wrangler and Gladiator stand out: Amid a slew of sports cars, they’re the sole SUV and pickup truck, respectively. They’re also by far the most popular, accounting for some 130,000-plus sales through the first six months of 2020. That’s more than four times Cars.com’s estimate of combined sales for the other 30 models that lack curtain airbags.

Asked why the Wrangler is excluded from FMVSS 214 and 226, FCA issued a statement to Cars.com that every Wrangler “meets or exceeds all applicable safety standards. Overarching exclusions for unique vehicles are well established.”

Regarding both the Wrangler and Gladiator, FCA continued in a separate statement: “These vehicles are equipped with seat-mounted side head/thorax airbags. They meet or exceed all federal safety standards and continue to win acclaim from news organizations and consumer groups. Among these are awards for highest customer loyalty, a clear indication that these vehicles also meet or exceed customer expectations.”

In IIHS’ published database of the most recent model years for which it has data — 2016-18 — the current-generation Wrangler, introduced for 2018, has significantly lower insurance losses than all passenger vehicles within those years in four out of six coverage types. Young noted that “the redesigned Wrangler only contains one model year worth of data and therefore a relatively low exposure, but [it] can be compared with others as losses are broken down by insured vehicle years.” Jeep introduced the Gladiator for the 2020 model year, a timeframe for which IIHS has yet to publish insurance losses.

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Automakers generally stow curtain airbags and associated hardware in the headliner and adjacent roof pillars. That’s a tricky proposition for the folding roof in a convertible or the open-air design in the Wrangler, which can be deconstructed to just the safety cage. Both types lack roof enclosures in the conventional sense. For Jeep, Kildare said, it may have come down to vehicle packaging, including space in the roof rails to store an airbag and its associated hardware.

“A lot of that packaging goes into that analysis and that design,” Kildare said.

Still, a handful of convertibles through the years have incorporated curtain airbags despite design challenges — and so, now, has at least one open-air SUV: the 2021 Ford Bronco.

Ford integrated curtain airbags into the upper structure of the Bronco’s roll cage. Asked about FMVSS 226, the automaker told us it’s “committed to providing a level of safety that is consistent with our customers’ expectations and our values” despite no such requirement from the regulation.

The same could be said for many heavy-duty trucks, including FCA’s own Ram 3500, which have curtain airbags despite significantly exceeding the 10,000-pound GVWR threshold. FMVSSes “are minimum standards,” NHTSA noted. “If any company chooses to exceed FMVSS requirements, the agency welcomes it.”

Ford equipped the two- and four-door Bronco models “with curtain airbags to supplement the protection provided to occupants by seat belts, even though FMVSS 226 is not applicable to vehicles with removable doors,” said Ford’s Loeffler. “The curtain airbags are designed to deploy in side-impact and rollover crashes to supplement the protection provided to occupants by seat belts.”

Asked if Ford had done any testing to see if the SUV would meet the explicit requirements of the standard, Loeffler didn’t immediately respond.

Asked about the Bronco’s status for FMVSS 226, NHTSA said it “does not provide pre-market approval of motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment, and we do not determine compliance of a vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment outside the context of an enforcement test.”

Automakers self-certify compliance to safety standards, NHTSA added.

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Update:NHTSA announced in December 2020 that it would update FMVSS 226 to include an exemption for vehicles with missing or easily removable doors.Read more here.

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FAQs

Do Jeep Wranglers have side impact air bags? ›

What safety features and driver-assists are included on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler? The 2021 Jeep Wrangler comes with an array of standard safety features including driver front-impact airbags, passenger front-impact airbags, driver side-impact airbags, and passenger side-impact airbags.

How effective are side curtain airbags? ›

Side airbags with head protection reduce a car driver's risk of death in driver-side crashes by 37 percent and an SUV driver's risk by 52 percent (McCartt & Kyrychenko, 2007).

Do 2022 Jeep Wranglers have side curtain airbags? ›

The vehicle lacks side curtain airbags.

Do Jeep Wranglers have curtain airbags? ›

The safety boffins call attention to the risk of partial or complete ejection from the vehicle, which is especially bad in the Wrangler because the doors and roof can be removed and because there are no side curtain airbags.

Is a Jeep totaled if the airbags deploy? ›

Deployed airbags do not automatically make a car a total loss. If a vehicle's airbags deploy and the cost of replacing them is more than the total loss threshold for your state, it would be declared a total loss – or totaled.

Which Jeep is the safest? ›

The 2022 Jeep Compass, a small SUV, qualifies for a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with specific headlights.

Is a car totaled if side curtain airbags deploy? ›

No, deployed airbags do not automatically make a car a total loss. If a vehicle's airbags deploy and the cost of replacing them is more, then it would be declared a total loss.

How much does a curtain airbag cost? ›

An average airbag replacement cost for the side curtain will be between $200 - $700. An average airbag replacement cost for the knee side will be between $400 and $1,000.

Do side airbags save lives? ›

Despite not being required by car manufacturers like front air bags, studies show side airbags with protection for your head lower the risk of death in an accident by 37% for drivers in cars, and 52% for drivers in SUVs[*].

Do all Jeeps get ducked or just Wranglers? ›

The rules are simple. Any Jeep can be ducked, not just Wranglers.

Why do Jeep owners put ducks in the window? ›

Duck Duck Jeep, an act of kindness where Jeep owners place rubber ducks on each other's cars, was created by Allison Parliament in Ontario, Canada. Since its start in 2020, the movement has taken hold of the United States. As of Feb. 7, the “Duck Duck Jeep – Florida” Facebook group had about 16,900 members.

Why do Jeep owners put rubber ducks on their dash? ›

"Duck, Duck, Jeep" first started in Ontario back in 2020 during COVID. All it took was for one Jeep owner, named Allison Parliament, to decide that she wanted to make another Jeep owner's day. So, she placed a yellow rubber duck, with a note, on the parked Jeep that she spotted.

Is putting rubber ducks on Jeeps a thing? ›

Ducking Jeeps was a game with seemingly boundless variety. It even started spreading beyond Jeeps. Subarus got ducked. Classic cars got ducked.

Is it better to have cloth or leather seats in a Jeep Wrangler? ›

Wrangler leather seats are easier to clean and don't absorb dirt and dust as much as cloth seats. Plus, when you go with Katzkin leather, you can make your interior as custom as you want! Don't get cheap slip-on seat covers.

Do Jeeps have a secret compartment? ›

In older models of the Jeep Wrangler, there are two secret compartments—one being a bit less secret than the other. The second, much more secret "storage" compartment is behind the passenger-side taillight. users, if you can access it and put stuff in it, it's storage.

Can I sue Jeep if my airbags didn't deploy? ›

Yes, you can sue if your airbags did not deploy during an accident. However, there might be multiple parties you can sue in such a situation, which is why you should consult an attorney to learn more about your legal options. While airbags should deploy when accidents occur, there are times when they might not.

How much does insurance pay for a write off? ›

If your insurance company says your car is a write-off, they keep the car. They should pay you a settlement amount, which is usually the market value of the car. Your car insurance excess would likely be taken off this amount.

At what speed do airbags deploy? ›

Frontal air bags are generally designed to deploy in "moderate to severe" frontal or near-frontal crashes, which are defined as crashes that are equivalent to hitting a solid, fixed barrier at 8 to 14 mph or higher. (This would be equivalent to striking a parked car of similar size at about 16 to 28 mph or higher.)

What is unreliable about Jeeps? ›

Other issues include poor handling and limited comfort and though neither of these has much to do with dependability they have a bearing on overall satisfaction. Jeep has also said that the reason that the Wrangler has been found to have a low dependability rating is due to the fact that owners romanticise the model.

Do jeeps flip over easily? ›

According to the NHTSA, the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Renegade were among the list of cars most likely to tip over. This is due to the tall construction and high center of gravity. This comes as a surprise because you wouldn't think a 4-wheel drive would tip over.

Where do side curtain airbags deploy from? ›

Curtain airbags are activated in side impact crashes, for example t-bone crashes, or collisions with trees and poles. They deploy from the top of the door rails above the side window and work by providing cushioning between the driver or passenger's head and the window.

Does airbag deployment lower the value of a car? ›

Yes, airbag deployment will lower the value of the car. Airbags are often located behind trim panels which have strategic weak points that enable the airbag to burst through. Passenger airbag is a good example. The same is true for some steering-wheel airbags.

Should I buy a car if the airbags have been deployed? ›

Similarly, structural damage also indicates that the accident was severe, and once a frame is damaged, it's nearly impossible to return it back to factory specifications. So in cases of airbag deployment and structural damage, it is best to walk away and find another car, no matter how enticing the deal may be.

What was the first car with side curtain airbags? ›

The second-generation C70 convertible received the world's first door-mounted, side-curtain airbags that deployed upwards. Curtain airbags have been said to reduce brain injury or fatalities by up to 45% in a side impact with an SUV.

What is the purpose of curtain airbags? ›

Side curtain airbags are a type of vehicle technology that can help prevent death and injury in side impact crashes with poles, trees and high vehicles such as SUVs. They can also help to prevent death and serious injury in any crash from the side where the head is at risk.

How much does it cost to fix a car after airbags deploy? ›

On average, expect around $1,000 to $1,500 per airbag that needs to be replaced. That doesn't take into consideration other parts that need to be changed; just the airbags themselves. Airbag module replacement will run another $600 and up.

Why are side impact airbags so valuable? ›

Side impact airbags, which deploy from the seat or the door, are designed to protect the torso. They are also very important in a side impact crash, preventing broken ribs.

Are airbags better than seatbelts? ›

"Note also that the effectiveness of a belt-bag system is somewhat less than the sum of the effectiveness ratings of its two components. …" The study says belts are 48 percent effective in preventing fatalities, while airbags are 14 percent effective.

How many lives have been saved from airbags? ›

Airbags and other improvements to car safety have saved at least 2700 lives and the Australian economy nearly $20 billion since the early 1990s. In that time, 36,000 drivers and passengers also escaped serious injury thanks to safety advances.

What does it mean when someone leaves a rubber duck on your car? ›

We got to the bottom of it! Apparently, the rubber ducks are part of a nationwide game called #DuckDuckJeep, meant to spread positivity and kindness to Jeep owners. To play, you simply leave a tagged rubber duck somewhere on a Jeep you see in public. The dash, fender, bumper or door handle works just find.

Whats a duck on a Jeep mean? ›

Some found Jeep Ducking, when you find another Jeep in the wild, you leave a rubber duck somewhere on it for the owner to find. The goal is that they'll post a photo of it on social media, and then pass the duck along to keep the game going.

What does being ducked mean? ›

Ducking simply refers to placing a rubber ducky on another Jeep. Duck Duck Jeep started from the concept of ducking Jeeps, but with an added note to show some ducky love to other fellow Jeep owners.

Do Jeeps have hidden animals? ›

There are many Jeep models that feature hidden animals. The Jeep Compass has a gecko on the plastic molding of the windshield as well as the Loch Ness Monster on the window. The Jeep Renegade has a spider next to the gas cap. And the Cherokee might have a T-Rex or a Bigfoot in the windows.

Why do Jeep owners wave to each other? ›

The Jeep wave is a friendly greeting between Jeep owners as they drive past each other. While there is supposedly a Jeep wave hierarchy about which driver waves first (more on that below) the Jeep wave is simply a way to show respect from one fellow Jeeper to another.

Do all Jeeps have Easter eggs? ›

Here's a fun fact: Every Jeep vehicle since the 1990s has a little surprise, known as an “Easter egg.”

Do Jeep Wranglers have Easter eggs? ›

Some of the other things you will find by looking around your Jeep Wrangler are a Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, an American flag, and a T. Rex. This placement of different images has created an online community of Jeep Wrangler owners, each one searching for these fun, little Easter Eggs throughout their vehicles.

What are the rules for ducking a Jeep? ›

The act of Jeep Ducking is pretty simple. You carry a bag of rubber ducks around with you, and then randomly put them on other peoples' Jeeps as you see fit. There are no rules; the whole point is to perform a random act of kindness, after all.

What do rubber ducks symbolize? ›

The idea behind it is that the rubber duck is a symbol of happiness and childhood memories, giving comfort to different people regardless of their nationality, age, and race, without political distinction.

Why are people leaving rubber ducks on Jeeps? ›

Leaving a rubber ducky on a Jeep is simply called 'Jeep Ducking', or just 'Ducking'. I can't find the exact origins, but many forums and online pages claim it started in Canada as a friendly gesture. A way to bring a smile to someone's face and hopefully make their day.

Can Wranglers go through car wash? ›

Going through an automatic car wash with a Jeep Wrangler soft-top is not a good idea. Dirty brushes and chemical cleaners can easily ruin plastic windows and, of course, the top itself. Instead, use a touchless car wash.

Do Wranglers hold their value? ›

Jeep Wranglers are known for retaining their value due to their enthusiastic fan base, as well as their durability and performance across all terrains, especially off-road,” says iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “ Jeep Wranglers also have maintained their iconic design, so even older models don't appear dated.”

Which Jeep Wrangler has the nicest interior? ›

As far as the interior goes, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara is the best equipped Jeep Wrangler model. It takes everything that is ordinary in the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and makes it extraordinary.

What is hidden on every Jeep? ›

The iconic 7-slot grille (found on most Jeep models) A Willys Jeep climbing a rocky hill (found on the Jeep Wrangler's windshield) A pair of flip flops (found on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator's cowl) A little gecko (found on the Jeep Compass' dash)

Why are there seven slots in the front of a Jeep? ›

After the war in 1945, Willy's wanted to produce the Willys MB for civilians. However, the nine-slot grille was Ford's design, so Willy's couldn't trademark it. So Willys subtracted two of the nine slots to make it a seven-slot grille and this was enough of a change to get a trademark.

What do jeeps do when they pass each other? ›

The Jeep Wave generally consists of a vigorous side-to-side motion of one or both hands, a raised hand waving, or two or four fingers extended upward from the steering wheel. While these are generally what describes the Jeep Wave, it may be modified to suit circumstances and locally accepted etiquette.

How do I know if I have side air bags? ›

Side air bags designed to protect the head, also known as curtain airbags, come out of the roof above the windows. While side air bags are more common in the front seats of a vehicle, some newer cars also have side air bags in the rear seats. Check your car owner's manual and look for labels on the sides of the seats.

When did Jeep add side airbags? ›

The 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee became the first SUV to offer a driver-side airbag when it was launched in 1992.

Does the 2015 Jeep Wrangler have side airbags? ›

The dummy's head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. However, the Wrangler is one of a handful of passenger vehicles still sold without standard side airbags to protect the head and chest from contact with side structure and outside objects.

At what speed do side curtain airbags deploy? ›

Most side airbags deploy at a speed 3-4 times as fast as frontal airbags, approximately 495 mph at .

Can a car be fixed if side airbags deploy? ›

There's a common misconception that airbag deployment means a car is considered a total loss. While it can signify the result of a violent impact, it does not mean that your vehicle cannot be repaired.

Why do Jeep owners put ducks on their dash? ›

"Duck, Duck, Jeep" first started in Ontario back in 2020 during COVID. All it took was for one Jeep owner, named Allison Parliament, to decide that she wanted to make another Jeep owner's day. So, she placed a yellow rubber duck, with a note, on the parked Jeep that she spotted.

What does a rubber duck left on a Jeep mean? ›

Participants typically carry several rubber ducks in their Jeep Wrangler. When they spot a fellow Jeep Wrangler, they place a duck on the vehicle's door handle. Many will include a short note or word of encouragement to brighten the driver's day. It's a simple act of kindness that can help spread a bit of positivity.

Why do people put rubber ducks on their Jeep dashboard? ›

Some found Jeep Ducking, when you find another Jeep in the wild, you leave a rubber duck somewhere on it for the owner to find. The goal is that they'll post a photo of it on social media, and then pass the duck along to keep the game going.

Which car is safest in a crash? ›

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What is the safest car in the world? ›

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Which vehicles are least likely to be affected by side? ›

Explanation: Although cars are the least likely to be affected, side winds can take anyone by surprise. This is most likely to happen after overtaking a large vehicle, when passing gaps between hedges or buildings, and on exposed sections of road.

Are Jeeps a safe vehicle? ›

Time and time again, Jeep has been a Top Safety Pick in multiple models. Their safety features are advanced and ready to help any driver on the road. Still, it's critical to note that some vehicles are safer than others. The Jeep Wrangler is the least reliable with protection in a crash.

How many air bags do Jeeps have? ›

Jeep fits every Wrangler with four airbags, but not too much else. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control are all bundled together in an option package. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler is at the top of its game when it comes to high-character four-wheeling.

Do Wranglers have roll cages? ›

You never plan on rolling your Jeep, but it does happen. Most factory roll cages in '76-newer CJs and Wranglers are okay.

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