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Old 03-04-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Wrangler Unlimited and infant

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who are using wrangler unlimited for daily commute and carry infant? Any safety concern/problem?

Thanks,

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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It's my daily driver and I have my 3 year old and 10 month old in it. No worries about safety at all.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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Hello, who are using wrangler unlimited for daily commute and carry infant? Any safety concern/problem? Thanks,
I bought the JKU when my wife was prego in 07. We 1st put the car seat in the middle when we had the one. When the our daughter was born we moved the older on to the side and put her in the middle. We never had a problem. Now at 4 and 7 they want the top off all the time.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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I don't carry an infant, but I can speak to the safety of the vehicle.

You can do a search for side impacts on this forum and see plenty of discussion about the low rating the jks got. To summarize - the low ratings can be attributed to no side impact air bags. Jeeps sit higher than most vehicles and when struct the point of impact is likely your rock rails (if you have them) or your lower door panel - both strong and able to withstand some punishment and protect your cargo. Jeeps are some seriously safe vehicles and I'm sure you can find some studies (referenced in other threads).

I was just recently struck in a side-swipe/side impact accident. I was going ~65 on the highway and someone in a exit only lane decided they didn't want to get off the highway. They turned full blast into my divers side tire/fender/rock rail. The impact knocked my jeep off balance, I corrected my steering to compensate and skid a bit before gaining control. The damage was incredibly minor. My rock rail was push back about 1/2" in the back, a scratch on my fender and a scratch on my rim. Given I haven't had the shop check my axle ect. yet - I'm pretty impressed with how little damage my vehicle sustained. The other car was a Honda SUV that looked like the front bumper had hit a wall - completely trashed.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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No need to worry, your Jeep will be ok.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:42 PM   #6
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ryangear, wow, that sounds freaky!

But, yes, I have a 4 month old and a 5 year old and the only 'issue' is that the baby car seat forces the passenger seat pretty far forward…but that's minor, as my wife really never rides in the jeep…and she's short…and I don't see me cruising around town with the baby in back and some dude in the passenger seat..:-)
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I have a 2013 JKU and 3 children under 6.
Up until last week the baby in infant carrier used the center seat locked in using the two middle LATCH loops. Booster seat on one side with pretty heavy duty trunk and head "wings" for side impact protection and 3 y/o in a forward facing convertible car seat. Now the baby is in the rear facing convertible car seat rear passenger side using LATCH, booster in the middle and another convertible car seat driver but forward facing. I had to get a seat belt buckle extender of 8" so my oldest son could latch the center booster seat by himself and not have to contort his arm to reach down for the buckle.

I am lifted 3" with the Mopar enhanced rock rails and 35" tires. I feel pretty good with them in there and always kept the rear doors on. I plan on running fabric doors this summer but I'm not worried about impacts and never really drive them farther then a few miles on secondary roads anyway.
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I have a 2-door, and I bought it when my son was 6 months old. He's two now. He was my first passenger.

No concerns at all. I had the top down almost all last summer, and he loved it. It's not great at freeway speeds with a kid though - lot's of wind with the top down. A couple weeks ago we were in Texas and borrowed my aunt's TJ with no top, and it was pretty windy for him.

Whenever he sees a Jeep, he points and says "Daddy's Jeep!" It's pretty cool.
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My Sahara is my DD....I get morning drop-off duty for our 8 and half month old. I ordered the Wrangler around the time we found out we were expecting.
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To summarize - the low ratings can be attributed to no side impact air bags.
That's easy to solve. Just specify that option when you order.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #11
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It's pretty much the lowest-rated mid-sized SUV according to the IIHS. Let's not kid ourselves that it's a great option if safety is your #1 concern.

No one here is going to judge you though.
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It's pretty much the lowest-rated mid-sized SUV according to the IIHS. Let's not kid ourselves that it's a great option if safety is your #1 concern.

No one here is going to judge you though.
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Yeah, the rating suck....and the biggest issues are the doors. Anytime a door "opens" in a crash test, it is an automatic fail. As you can imagine, the doors are not a strong point on a Wrangler.

There are dozens of safer SUV's better suited as DD's and kid haulers....it is your call on if you want a Wrangler or not.
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My little girl is almost 8 months old and she rides in the Jeep most every day. We put the carseat in the middle. Sometimes she even takes a nap in the back seat while I work on the Jeep.
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My Sahara is my DD....I get morning drop-off duty for our 8 and half month old. I ordered the Wrangler around the time we found out we were expecting.
I purchased my Wrangler 3 weeks before we found out we were expecting as well. I probably would have gone a different route had I known but I didn't. However, I do not feel that I or my daughter is unsafe in the Jeep.
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I think the point being--it is not that the vehicle is safe--rather just about every other SUV rates better then the Wrangler when it comes to crash tests. Once again it will depend on what type of vehicle is involved in the collision--jeep vs smart car--jeep wins, Jeep vs suburban --- you do the math
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For those of you using a rear facing child seat, what Brand/Model seat are you using? I've tested out a few and some fit better than others. Wondering what people have used that aren't bulky.
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For those of you using a rear facing child seat, what Brand/Model seat are you using? I've tested out a few and some fit better than others. Wondering what people have used that aren't bulky.
Chicco Keyfit 30
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Thanks. Glad to hear this one is working out for you. It's my leading choice right now of all the ones I've test fit.
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Chicco Keyfit 30 as well. I have two young daughters also and I feel safe with them in my jeep. We only use the top rated care seats for the added protection too. One of my daughters was a preemie and we never had any issues. In fact my wife was in an accident (minor for the jeep but not the accord) with the preemie and she was did not even wake up.
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Thanks. Glad to hear this one is working out for you. It's my leading choice right now of all the ones I've test fit.
Yeah it works great. An added bonus is that we had friends who had extra bases and so we have a base in all 3 vehicles so we don't have to constantly move stuff around. The base fits nicely in the middle of the backseat and that is obviously safer than the sides.
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Yeah it works great. An added bonus is that we had friends who had extra bases and so we have a base in all 3 vehicles so we don't have to constantly move stuff around. The base fits nicely in the middle of the backseat and that is obviously safer than the sides.
Did you happen to find a convertible car seat for when your little one outgrows the pumpkin? I've heard good things about the Chicco NextFit.
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I think the point being--it is not that the vehicle is safe--rather just about every other SUV rates better then the Wrangler when it comes to crash tests. Once again it will depend on what type of vehicle is involved in the collision--jeep vs smart car--jeep wins, Jeep vs suburban --- you do the math
Jeep vs Suburban, Suburban vs 18 wheeler , 18 wheeler VS Train, Train vs derailed going off cliff.... Its all relative to when its time, its time.
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We use safety first car seats. We put the car seat in the middle because it's the safest place and it gives the most room for driver and passenger front. Especially rear facing. It is a little bit of a pita to put them in the middle of a lifted jeep though.
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I have a 6 month old daughter in a Chicco Keyfit 30 and a 3 year old son in a Recaro booster. Have a leveling lift on the jeep with stock 32" tires. It's pretty easy for me (6'2") to load and unload the infant seat, but tough for my wife (5'5") so I just always do it. I put a Dirty Dog mesh screen over the back seats for when I take the top off and also keep a hat in there for my son. I always keep the rear full doors on.

These things are great for getting the whole family that much closer to nature!
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Thanks for all the great info! About to have a newborn in my rig and was worried about the room in the back. Would the rear facing fit in the middle or does it need to go behind the passenger seat?
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Thanks for all the great info! About to have a newborn in my rig and was worried about the room in the back. Would the rear facing fit in the middle or does it need to go behind the passenger seat?
It fits in the middle and is the safest there
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Thanks for all the great info! About to have a newborn in my rig and was worried about the room in the back. Would the rear facing fit in the middle or does it need to go behind the passenger seat?
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I'm 19 now and still alive. My dad used to drive a jeep skinless (no top & no doors) with me in the car seat.
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I'm 19 now and still alive. My dad used to drive a jeep skinless (no top & no doors) with me in the car seat.
How many accidents were you in?

The truth is you dont know how safe you or child is until you have had an accident.

I wouldnt be worried about an infant getting ejected but I would worry about the other vehicle penetrating the Jeep or debris flying in to the jeep.

I have 4 Kids ages 11-24. The 2 younger ones are the only ones at home. When they are in the Jeep top less and door less I just try to be even more aware of what the other guy is doing.

Five Hurt, Including Baby, in I-270 Crash | NBC4 Washington

This one the infant was not in a jeep but was rear ended by a Cherokee. Even tho the baby was in a car seat it still suffered a head injury.

Mom, baby battered after morning rollover on South Parker Road - The Denver Post

So I guess the point I am trying to make is nobody can attest to if your child will be safe(level of safety) in a Jeep or any other car for that matter.

You, as the parent have to decide that given the Jeeps safety ratings feel comfortable with the Jeep being your primary vehicle for transporting your baby.

All you can do is buy the best car seat, install it correctlyand be a responsible driver.

Everything is pretty much out of your hands. Is the Jeep a bigger risk...I think so.

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