The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded an investigation into certain Jeep models to an engineering analysis, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. NHTSA began investigating certain Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Liberty models with fuel tanks positioned behind the rear axle in late 2010. Regulators say fires tied to rear-impact crashes may be responsible for 15 deaths and 46 injuries. The results of the engineering analysis will determine whether or not Chrysler is required to issue a recall for the defect. If that happens, the automaker could be looking at recalling 5.1 million vehicles, making the campaign one of the largest in U.S. automotive history.

Chrysler says it's uncertain how many of those models are still on the road today, though it is certain NHTSA will find the SUVs neither defective nor unsafe. Even so, that hasn't stopped some consumer advocacy groups from lambasting the vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety proclaims that the vehicles are a "modern day Pinto for soccer moms." Chrysler has analyzed crash data in Grand Cherokee models and says it has found no greater incident of post-accident fire than in vehicles produced by other manufacturers.

The investigation covers 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee, 1993-2001 Cherokee and 2002-2007 Liberty models.


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      pblackaby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cars are designed to be driven not crashed, get your eyes on the road, get your hands on the wheel and drive the dang car . It's the car's fault, I drove Corvair's and then Pinto's and Mustang's when the floor of the trunk was a gas tank . Better cars are GREAT but Better Driver's would be a whole lot Better !
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compliments of the internets: http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=59750 "In nearly all the fatal crashes and fires, the SUVs were hit in the rear at more than 50 mph, he said. Federal crash safety standards at the time required vehicles to withstand a 30 mph crash, Dillon said." So...no metal gas tank, no bolts that shred the tank, and no low speed crashes (all hallmarks of the Pinto disaster). Looks like this has more to do with the continued inequality in bumper offset between sedans and SUVs/CUVs combined with high speed rear end collisions.
      Offbԑatmammal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how with each of these recalls and tales of woe about my cherished Liberty how the resale value is going down faster than pretty much any other car I've owned. Wonder how hard a dealer will laugh when I come to trade my current Liberty in (hopefully a Chrysler dealer won't laugh in my face like a Ford dealer might!)
      eb50tj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hit ANYTHING with a fuel tank hard enough and it will probably explode... DUH!!!!!
      Lastchance
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical. My 2004 Liberty is a real POS. I had 14 warranty issues since 2004 not including the more recent recall Last night my rear right brake caliber froze and had to be replaced. I wish I had money to buy a new car. No more more Chrysler vehicles for me.
      floppypawltd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Witch hunt. No more no less.
      docboy209
      • 2 Years Ago
      I currently own and drive a '98 Cherokee every day. I had a person rear end me before, just a scratch to my bumper, their Olds got trashed and had to be towed. I guess the trailer hitch helped, lol. I agree with many of the people on here, make better drivers and put fewer gadgets in cars. I see people on shows like "Last Chance Driving School", they scare me! They are on their last chance for a reason, they don't deserve a license! HANG UP AND DRIVE!!!
      RANDY
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about investigating Jeep Wrangler gas tanks. Mine all of a sudden started spewing gas out of the filler tube when the gas pump automatic shutoff activated. I asked the dealer about it, to which the response was "we've seen this before, and the only cure is to replace the gas tank - an over $600 expense! Isn't gas spewing all over the area around gas pumps a safety hazard too?
        kevin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RANDY
        Randy, you're an idiot, how about not overfilling the gas tank. cavitation is your culprit.
        DRILLER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RANDY
        Your Mechanic is scamming you, check the vent hose for kinks, or a tie wrap holding the axle vent line too tight, also while you are under there check that axle vent line if it dangles behing the left rear wheel it will pick up water and ruin the diff and bearings
      Andre
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the advocacy groups campaigning against the Jeep Grand Cherokee - they do realize the models in question are over 8 years old right?!... with the exception of the Jeep Liberty and that's five years ago. Since then SIGNIFICANT design and engineering advances have been made.
      johnnysplatz420
      • 2 Years Ago
      they go after this crap?? how about corzine or the other wall street frauds??
        • 2 Years Ago
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      whhaskins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Article I read the other day about this said taht the models being investigated met the 35 mph crash standards at the time they were built and now they are testing them at 50 mph!!
        DRILLER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whhaskins
        they may even meet current crash standards, some Impacts cannot be anticipated. simple solution? hang up the phone and watch what you and surrounding drivers are doing, they do call it driving for a reason, they dont call it phoning, texting, shooting the ****, or anything else not involved, with safe Operation of a motor vehicle, Again too much waaaa today.
      Robert L.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an old, old complaint about Jeep safety...It IS TIME FOR IT TO BE RESOLVED (EVEN IN A COURT OF LAW) . This maybe the only way to protect the public consumer from either Jeep or continued Media Hypo-plausible Incenuations. The influences without known facts must become open to liabilities. Brokers of dis-information need to be held accountable for their $$-first priorities.
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