Jeep Cherokee Avoids Flying Camry Hood on Freeway

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This is why you need to make sure your hood is properly latched.

The team at Autoblog recently shared a video showing a Jeep Cherokee narrowly avoiding the hood of a Toyota Camry after it ripped free from the sedan. The footage was captured by a vehicle driving near the Jeep and Toyota when the incident happened and it reminds us of the importance of making sure that your hood latching system is properly functioning.

Dash Cam Footage

This footage comes from the YouTuber krole dashcam and it was recorded by a Blackvue DR900s-2CH system with both a front- and rear-facing camera. While the vehicle with the camera was driving along the highway near Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the rear-facing camera shows a Toyota Camry from the early 1990s passing on the driver’s side. As it passes, we can see that the hood is not properly latched and there is a late model Jeep Cherokee driving on the passenger’s side of the vehicle with the camera.

Camry Hood Up

As the Camry passes the camera vehicle, the footage switches to the front angle as the sedan cruises by. After a few seconds, when the car has pulled five or six lengths in front of the camera vehicle, we see the hood blow open and rip away from the vehicle – tumbling through the air to the right of the camera.

Camry Hood Airborn

The footage then switches back to the rear angle, where we watch the Jeep Cherokee swerve around the flying sheet metal. Had the hood have hit the Jeep correctly, it could have led to a significant damage to the Cherokee. In fact, had this occurred in denser traffic, both the flying hood and the swerving SUV would have posed a risk to others on the road.

Jeep Avoids Hood

Fix Your Hood Latch

It is not uncommon to see vehicles driving around areas without an annual safety inspection with hoods that do not close properly. In most cases, the emergency latch under the hood will keep a “popped” hood secure, but as we can see in this video – that latch doesn’t always keep things in place at high speeds.

Fortunately, no Jeep Cherokees or any other vehicles (shy from the failing Toyota) were damaged in this video, but it serves as a fine example of what could happen if your hood latch system is faulty.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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