• Oct 28, 2010
The Center for Auto Safety, a group founded by Ralph Nader and the Consumers Union, have reportedly filed a 69-page grievance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requesting they investigate the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Center maintains that in a rear-end collision, the placement of the fuel tank below and just ahead of the rear bumper has made the SUV more prone to fires. According to the Center's figures, that model Grand Cherokee suffers six times more fires than more recent models, and five times more fires than the competition's SUVs.

NHTSA has already begun its inquiry, so far finding that the Jeep SUV's fire incident rate is about the same as with its competition. However, NHTSA is now said to be seeking information on the 1993-2004 Chevrolet Blazer, 1993-2004 Ford Explorer and 1993-2004 Toyota 4Runner hoping to get a better look at defect and warranty claims and lawsuits. None of the other companies, General Motors, Ford or Toyota, has commented on NHTSA's request for information. Chrysler moved the gas tank on the Grand Cherokee inside the frame on the 2005 model, and says it is cooperating with the government's probe.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, so lets say they find that they are more prone to fires (Even though ZJ's and WJ's have quite a few differences between them). What do they expect chrysler to do about it? Its not like they can move the fuel tank anywhere. The tanks already have a skid plate covering them. They passed crash test without any issues, I fail to see what this would do for anybody.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. Additionally, the design was apparently improved in 2005, so what is the desired outcome of this? Probably want to get some class-action garbage going here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first red flag to me in all this is the fact that they are lumping ZJ and WJ models together, even though they were completely separate models. More importantly- the vehicles met all applicable standards when they were produces/sold new. You cannot expect auto makers to magically conform to future standards that have yet to be written. Complete waste of time and resources.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will gladly sell them my 2001 Blazer for testing purposes :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hunt for better safety is relentless. I would hate to be an automaker in America. So much ever shifting liability. We'll allow someone to make something and them sue them 10-20 years later. Are you serious?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder why they didn't do this for Toyota in the unintended acceleration issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and we wonder why cars are getting heavier and costly lol...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So ridiculous, countless and I do mean countless older SUVs AND cars (among practically every other body style) have their gas tanks in the same exact location - just beyond the rear bumper. And they've never been recalled.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps it's because their tanks aren't plastic and are better shielded?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bwzd7p2: The Jeep CJ, Jeep YJ Wrangler, and Jeep TJ Wrangler all had their gas tanks aft of the rear axle. And the Jeep TJ at least, all used plastic tanks. They all came with metal gas tank skid plates though. The Jeep XJ Cherokee also had a rear-mounted gas tank, and the late model XJs used plastic tanks. Not all XJs came equipped with gas tank skid plates though. Also the Jeep KJ Liberty had a rear-mounted plastic gas tank (I'm not sure how many were equipped with a skid plate).

        Considering the Blazer and Explorer weren't the most off-road oriented SUVs on the road, I have a hard time believing that they were all equipped with gas tank skid plates and/or they used metal gas tanks on the model years in question.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I swear these people run out of things to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great Balls of Fire PINTO! Redux!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Ralph Nader drive a bubble car filled with air bags, pillows and white kittens? That guy seriously needs to find a real job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how cooperative any of these manufacturers will be....helping the government make a case against a competitor. That seems to open Pandora's Box.
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