South Carolina drivers who own a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Jeep Liberty SUV should be aware of recent recall news from Chrysler.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended in 2012 that the auto manufacturer recall 5.1 million Jeeps, including Grand Cherokees built between 1993 and 2004 and Jeep Liberty SUVs built between 2002 and 2007. The administration asked Chrysler to install material to protect the fuel tank from fire in the event of rear impacts.
The administration said 51 deaths could be attributed to fires resulting from rear impact since 1993, double the typical rate for SUVs.
- Chrysler refused to recall.
The administration reduced the number of Jeeps it was asking Chrysler to recall from 5.1 million to 2.7 million, but Chrysler refused to recall any of the Jeeps, stating that it did not agree with NHSTA’s findings that the Jeeps were dangerous.
- Then, they changed their minds…
In the final hours of the company’s June 18 deadline, it announced it would recall just 1.56 million of the Jeeps.
- Then Chrysler denied everything!
While Jeep is giving into the recall, it has not admitted that its vehicles are unsafe.
- Finally, a half-hearted compromise.
Instead of installing a shield to protect the fuel tank, Chrysler is installing trailer hitches on the recalled Jeeps, which it said should reduce impacts to fuel tanks and minimize the risk of fire. While this is not what the NHSTA recommended, it has tentatively accepted Chrysler’s recall negotiations.
Included in the recall are Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1993 and 1998, and Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2007. The recall leaves out Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1999 and 2004, though these models were on the recall list recommended by the NHTSA. Jeep has said it will replace after-market or broken hitches on those Jeep Grand Cherokees.
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If you are concerned about this recall, or if you or a family member were involved in a fire resulting from a rear-end crash in one of these older model Jeeps, contact the experienced South Carolina legal team at George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers . We will be happy to answer your questions and help you understand your rights and options.