Well, no one should ever accuse the government of not giving things plenty of thought. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still debating whether it will retest any of the 1.56 million 1992 to 1998 Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Libertys that were part of a recall regarding fires after rear-end collisions. And yes, this debate has been going on for over a month. In other news...

The recall dustup started in early June, when Chrysler took the unusual position of refusing a recall request from NHTSA regarding placement of the fuel tank on the effected vehicles. NHTSA said a collision could cause a fire, a position Chrysler took issue with. Extensive negotiations ensued, with Chrysler agreeing to fit certain Jeeps with trailer hitches, which it said would provide some protection to fuel tanks mounted behind the rear axle in the event of a collision.

Part of the issue rests with the amount of data that needs to be processed, according to The Detroit News. NHTSA administrator David Strickland said during a Washington Auto Press Association meeting, "There's a lot of data and Chrysler is being very cooperative in giving us more data." Until that information has been sorted, it looks like re-testing will still be up for debate.


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      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wast of taxpayers money. This is clearly a bogus claim.
      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we recall NHTSA?
      Krazeecain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the NHTSA didn't want chrysler getting away too easy...
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where are they going to find brand new 1992-98 grand cherokees and 2002-07 libertys to wreak for testing. Using old used jeeps with rusty loose parts gives the NHTSA an unfair advantage.
      Dennis R Longo Sr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 2004 Liberty is in great shape, But am I still suppose to worry if the rear end is safe. They won't even send out recall letters. The Chrysler people just will sit this out until it goes away. Consumer gets f-- ked again!
      Tyler
      • 1 Year Ago
      But its far more realistic. Consider most of them are aged and rusty in michigan. Some aren't in texas. Ie what is good for one might not be for the other. I don't own a jeep. Just not appealing until the latest GC or wrangler unlimited.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife's '04 Liberty is sitting here ready to get its new trailer hitch installed. Hurry up NHTSA!
      GSwan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mr. Turkus, does the recall cover 1992-1998 Grand Cherokees or 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees. The link to the previously printed article about the issue has a model year discrepancy from your article here. I have a 2000 grand Cherokee so I'm intrigued...thanks.
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty.Today i went to the local jeep dealer to find out about the recall on the trailer hitch. I was told there was NO parts for recall.They will contact me when they had enough parts for ALL the cars involve in the recall. SO I WENT TO THE PARTS COUNTER TO FIND OUT IF I COULD ORDER A ACCESSORIES TRAILER HITCH GUESS WHAT! .............IF I PAID FOR A ACCESSORIES TRAILER HITCH IT WAS AVAILABLE................................I LEFT NOT VERY HAPPY WITH THIS CHRYSLER .....