Chrysler Belatedly Consents to Jeep Recalls
Responding to U.S. safety regulators, Chrysler has done an about-face and agreed to recall 1.56 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently told Chrysler the position of the gas tanks in these models was dangerous. The vehicles’ design meant that during a rear-end collision, the tanks were prone to leak gas, causing potentially lethal fires.
Initially, Chrysler refused to comply with NHTSA’s Jeep vehicle recall, claiming the request was based on incomplete data analysis. The automaker was potentially putting the safety and lives of thousands of Jeep drivers at risk, along with their passengers and their families.
However, Chrysler has agreed to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees made from 1993 to 1998, as well as Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2002 to 2007. The automaker said dealers will install towing hitches on the vehicles’ backs, where needed. This will add a buffer of metal to the area between the fuel tank and the auto’s rear, and help impact absorption. Chrysler will also replace, as needed, any non-Chrysler Mopar brand towing hitches on 1.14 million Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured from 1999 to 2004.
Chrysler Jeep Vehicles Have Dangerous Design
Each year, auto manufacturers must recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles because of safety defects. In the case of the Chrysler Jeep vehicle recalls, the location of the gas tank behind the axles means that fuel could spill during a crash. At the prompting of an advocacy group, NHTSA began investigating these Chrysler Jeep vehicle fires in 2010.
As proof, the government claims there were 32 rear-end accidents involving the Grand Cherokees subject to recall, which resulted in 32 fire fatalities. There were also seven deaths arising from five Liberty rear-end crashes and fires.
Chrysler Group Recall Lawsuits
If you or a family member were injured by a fire in one of these vehicles, or if you own a Jeep Grand Cherokee manufactured between 1993 -2004 or a Jeep Liberty manufactured between 2002-2007, you may be eligible for a Chrysler Group recall lawsuit. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and learn if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.