Found this in the internet while searching, I remember I have seen it before but I'm not sure if it was in this forum. thought its good to share it.
Here is the source and complete thread. http://blogs.edmunds.com/roadtests/2...commander.html
Sunday evening my family and I were in the Jeep Commander when our Labor Day holiday came to an abrupt end. We were heading southbound on a six-lane surface street when a car came screaming out of a parking lot on the east side of the road. The car smacked a Subaru Forester that was headed northbound, spinning it in the center turn lane before it continued across the wide road directly at the Commander. My husband, Barry, was driving and swerved to the right in an attempt to prevent the car from broadsiding us. Too late. We went up on to a grass median and struck a stop sign before going head-on into a big tree.
The windshield cracked and the front airbags deployed as we made contact. Barry vomited into the cabin as the airbag went into his chest and stomach. As the front passenger, my seat was further back and the seatbelt prevented me from meeting the airbag. Neither of us received facial injuries, but our chests were traumatized against the belt restraints.
My six-year-old daughter, Emma, was in her booster seat behind me. Miraculously, Emma was uninjured except for a pretty nasty abrasion from the seatbelt's shoulder harness which also did its job holding her mere 40-pound frame safely in place.
All doors were fully functional and we were able to climb out and get away from the Commander to wait for the paramedics.
Barry and I left in an ambulance and after ten hours in the emergency room and countless x-rays, scans and EKGs, we were both released on crutches. He broke his right ankle and I fractured my right foot in five places, including my two biggest toes. Our foot injuries are likely a result of the engine coming through the firewall, into the footwell. Emma was treated and released at the scene of the accident.
The accident occured across from a Starbucks, and there were plenty of witnesses who were lounging on the outside patio. Although as typical in these cases, their reports varied widely as to what type of car caused the accident, and which direction it headed as it fled the scene.
There have been mixed feelings regarding the Commander during the past few weeks, especially since it stranded Dan Edmunds on his Oregon vacation. As for me, I'll be eternally grateful for the Commander's wide front end and solid engine compartment. It took on that tree better than most, and I cringe to think of what could have happenend if less formidable metal had been between us and that giant oak.
This is the last blog post for the Commander. The final wrap-up will post soon.
Kelly Toepke, Manager of Vehicle Testing and Professional Crutch Racer at approximately 26,500 miles.