Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chrysler Recalls 2.7 Million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee Models

After rejecting a request made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this month, Chrysler announced today that the auto maker has agreed to a voluntary recall of its 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models.  Chrysler's recall will encompass approximately 2.7 million vehicles. 
In what has been an ongoing dispute between Chrysler and the NHTSA since 2010, the federal safety agency maintained that those Chrysler models are more prone to fuel leaks and fires following a collision.  Chrysler disagreed, saying that it believed the NHTSA's initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis and that Chrysler's own analysis shows the incidents occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation.
As a result of the agreement, Chrysler said in a statement that it "will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts."

Despite today's announcement, Chrysler still contends that the Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberty models to be recalled are "not defective and are among the safest in the peer group.  Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles."