The safety of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler has increased with its introduction of optional side airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates both two- and four-door Wranglers at five stars for front-impact protection. Side-impact data is unavailable from the NHTSA, but the private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates both front and side impact protection. Wrangler Jeep two-doors get “good” ratings for front-impact safety and “poor” protection for side impacts; four-doors get “acceptable” front-impact ratings and “marginal” side-impact ratings.
Cars.com points out that there are "optional side airbags," which are placed in the seats, providing a higher level of safety than the 2008 Wranglers without these airbags.
There are numerous safety features included on the standard Jeep Wrangler 2008--many that come in handy for its off-road purposes, such as stability control and traction control. It also features anti-lock brakes and two flavors of four-wheel drive: one suited for more normal use, the other for hardcore off-roading.