Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chrysler Rejects Safety Recall Request For Jeeps

UPDATE:  Chrysler Recalls 2.7 Million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee Models

Chrysler has rejected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request that the auto maker recall 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models.

In an ongoing dispute between Chrysler and the NHTSA, the federal safety agency maintains that those models are more prone to fuel leaks and fires following a collision.  The recall would encompass approximately 2.7 million vehicles.

However, Chrysler said in a statement that it:

"...has been working and sharing data with the Agency on this issue since September 2010. The company does not agree with NHTSA's conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective... "

Chrysler added that it believes the NHTSA's initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis and that Chrysler's own analysis shows the incidents, which are the focus of the request, occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation.

"The safety of drivers and passengers has long been the first priority for Chrysler brands and that commitment remains steadfast," said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC.  "The company stands behind the quality of its vehicles.  All of us remain committed to continue working with NHTSA to provide information confirming the safety of these vehicles."

Chrysler also pointed out that it conducts voluntary recalls when the company believes they are warranted, and in most cases, before any notice or investigation request from NHTSA.