Despite the fact that Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have compromised on last month's heated recall situation involving the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty, it looks like the matter is still far from over. The Detroit News is reporting that NHTSA could end up crash testing the repaired vehicles, some of which are receiving Mopar trailer hitches to better protect the rear-mounted gas tank from being damaged during an accident.

You won't be surprised to know that the notion stems from a group of safety advocates that recently met with NHTSA boss David Strickland. The group feels that Chrysler hasn't done all it can to make the vehicles safe, and has gone so far as to request that these vehicles be crash tested using the guidelines in place for the 2007 model year, despite the fact that every Jeep vehicle under investigation met safety requirements for the year in which it was sold.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, on the other hand, seems satisfied with the situation, saying the proposed fix "will keep people safe." That being said, the article points out that the NHTSA investigation has not yet been closed.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like somebody has a grudge against Chrysler.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shitty design, UAW craftsmanship (LOL), underpowered non-efficient engines... who buys Chrysler/Jeep products these days???
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        5.9 million people per year. Someone is mad they lost their good paying UAW job!
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler was better off when they told the government to f-off. They should have left it at that. This is a witch hunt of the highest order. The vehicles were safe when they were made and met all federal safety standards. Plus, this now sets a dangerous precedent where the thugs from the federal government can go back as far as they want and hold a manufacturer responsible for vehicles that done meet TODAY'S safety standards. I had a lot of respect for Chrysler when they stood up to the government and its unreasonable request. Now I just shake my head. Poor pawns.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Not to mention that, at least statistically, there was nothing wrong with the Jeeps in question- the rate of fires in a rear-end collision is actually lower than in simillar vehicles.
        car-a-holic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        It's not to late to to tell them go pound sand!
        That Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        *don't meet TODAY'S safety standards.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are these guys serious? Maybe they should look at ford mustangs too This is beyond gay. And I wish I could go against NHSTA so there wouldn't be one anyone. ******* ********
      White
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it passed the regulations in the year the vehicle was produced then why the concern now? Changes have been made since and any vehicle produced now should abide by the regs now. what happens in 10 years when the regulations will be changed again for the time- all manufacturers will have to recall all there vehicles to match the regs. Get real. While were at being idiots why not recall vehicles produced from day one they must have something wrong with them that doesn't meet the regs of today....
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      "despite the fact that every Jeep vehicle under investigation met safety requirements for the year in which it was sold." If anyone should be under investigation- IF the issue is as serious as the witchhunters want it to be, it should be the NHTSA
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is sounding more like that NHTSA has a serious vendetta against Chrysler/Jeep. *Maybe they shouldn't have paid back their bailout loan so quickly.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet all these dangerous GM shitholes aren't being recalled? I suspect foul play
      car-a-holic
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a shakedown! NHTSA needs to be reined in! I don't need the gov to protect me when they can't save me from them!
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The tiniest amount of research finds that at least one of the "group of safety advocates" is the Center for Auto Safety which is spearheaded by a known fraud Clarence Ditlow. He was instrumental in staging the fake gas tank explosions on GM pickups which aired on NBC in the mid 90s. The recall is nothing but a money grab, it's how Ditlow and company make lots of money and it's no surprise at all that they continue to press the issue and will continue until they pocket a hefty profit. Think about it - testing against the 2007 standard using a vehicle from the early to mid 90s (which they will do for sure) is a great way to insure failure and keep the litigation open... to make money. One last point... Ditlow's letter to David Strickland, the current NHSTA Administrator, is co-signed by none other than Joan Claybrook, the former NHSTA Administrator. So here we have non-government people with a direct monetary interest in forcing litigation with a direct line and influence to the government agency that can make sure that happens. Sure this type of conflict of interest / influence is nothing new but how none of this has come up in various news articles (here at Autoblog and other's such as CNN) is beyond me. It's clear that this is a sham and a shame that the media isn't bothering to point that out. Source:http://www.autosafety.org/sites/default/files/imce_staff_uploads/Strickland%20Recall%20Letter%206-20-13%20%283%29.pdf
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        Interesting. +1 Anyone from AB monitoring the comment section? This is news worthy information.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The loss of life in any car accident is sad and regrettable, but absolutely predictable. The Jeeps in question exceeded or met the safety standards applicable when manufactured and have had a good safety record. Also the time allotted for recalls on these cars has passed and after years of use, or in some cases abuse, some safety might be compromised by ownership experiences. It should be noted that many of these accidents were caused by unauthorized and potentially poorly installed after market hitches, which understandable would void any manufacturers warranty obligations. The fact that a tractor trailer rear ended a Jeep at 75 MPH would make a rupture of any vehicles gas tank predictable and no manufacturer or vehicle could be expected to survive that degree of impact. As tragic as this event was, to persist in attempts to show liability is unacceptable. As not to be too cynical, this continued effort, despite Jeeps efforts to go beyond expectations to retro fit these Jeeps, hints of monetary motives, quite possible driven by legal representatives and sours the cause. Sad as these incidents have been, Jeep is not libel and it is time to turn the page on this subject.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like the safety thugs don't care about the jobs of American workers.
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