• Jan 14th 2014 at 10:14AM
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NHTSA concerned Jeep's fuel tank causing fires in rear ... NHTSA concerned Jeep's fuel tank causing fires in rear end collisions. (Chrysler)
Chrysler is just now beginning the big job of fixing 1.56 million older Jeep SUVs seven months after a recall was announced, according to The Detroit News.

Jeep Grand Cherokees sold between 1992 and 1998 and Jeep Liberty models sold between 2002 and 2007 are being recalled because the gas tank can leak in the event of a rear-end collision, leading to a fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration originally requested the recall of 2.7 million vehicles. Chrysler initially disputed NHTSA's findings and seemed willing to go through a court battle until an 11th-hour deal reduced the number of vehicles involved in the recall. The remaining vehicle owners left out of the recall will receive a "customer service action" notification and may not get fixed. Chrysler says the vehicles are safe and need no repairs. Fixing the 1.56 million Jeeps will cost Chrysler $151 million.

NHTSA cited 51 deaths causes by such tank fires. Chrysler plans to install protective trailer hitches to protect the gas tanks, but even the automaker admits the hitches will only provide incremental protection in a low-to-moderate speed rear-end crash.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      Received two letters in last six month indicating fix for my 2002 liberty,latest letter indicates parts still not available,If they waiting much longer most cars will not get fixed.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. So much hate for Jeep. I have a 1995 Grand Cherokee, and it has been exceptionally reliable. Not counting maintenance such as new tires, oil changes, etc., water pump, I have only put in about $2000 in repairs on my Jeep the entire 20 years I've owned it. But I'll b happy to take my free tow package! Thanks!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Had 3 Toyota's over the years, got rid of them, mainly because of the rust problem, was told it was the metal they use wasn't the best. Jeep must have brought there inventory. You would think for a off road vehicle they would use better material.
      nitelady
      • 1 Year Ago
      My jeep is a 2000 and I'm just finding out now that it won't be repaired. What kind of government backs down because of the threat of going to court? What kind of president allows the government to be bullied by a car company? Why is my life less important? I don't have money for another car. I pray every day before I drive my car and I cringe and check my rear view mirror at every stop. What is being done for the 51 families of the people that were already murdered? It's time to.....Woman up Obama!!
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nitelady
        If you're so worried about it, fix it yourself. Always whining to the "government" only gets us more government, and more government intrusion into our lives.
          nitelady
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          If I had the money I would have fixed it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration originally requested the recall of 2.7 million vehicles. Chrysler initially disputed NHTSA's findings and seemed willing to go through a court battle until an 11th-hour deal reduced the number of vehicles involved in the recall.
        geezx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nitelady
        what kind of manufacturer would put profits before lives
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nitelady
        If you read the article it stated Grand Cherokee's from 1992 - 1998 and Liberty's from 2002 - 2008. Your vehicle is not in the recall.
          nitelady
          • 1 Year Ago
          That's my point. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration originally requested the recall of 2.7 million vehicles. Chrysler initially disputed NHTSA's findings and seemed willing to go through a court battle until an 11th-hour deal reduced the number of vehicles involved in the recall. My car was in the original recall.
      geezx
      • 1 Year Ago
      typical of chrysler , in years past GM stated that it wouldactually cost less topay out the lawsuits rather than fix the millions of pick ups that they made and sold between 1973 and 1988 because of side collision explosions - Ford would have taken the same route if it wasn't for Naders insistance that the Pinto was so dangerous , a piece of plastic to cover a bolt was the fix for the pinto ,about 10dollars (plus labor ) per vehicle - chrysler will take this out on the techs who work at the dealers they pay em 2 tenths of an hours labor to apply the fix ,no matter how long it actually takes thats approximately 2 dollars labor - Chrysler /Jeep is infamous for this type of "warranty" procedure
      • 1 Year Ago
      our 2005 jeep liberty diesel gas pedals sticks all the time and is indriveable right now, does anyone else have this problem, to top it off there is no recall atm;(
      rlroaddog
      • 1 Year Ago
      i owned and we drive 3 jeep everyday all with over 125,000 miles and dont have 1 complain i put my jeeps against any brand the complainer are imports buyer
        arvig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rlroaddog
        @rrloaddog: And yet I've drove imports since the early 90's and haven't had any major complaints. So how do you explain that? To be fair, my parents do have one Jeep and like it a lot, but my point is EVERY make, foreign or domestic has their great cars and their lemons. I could find you someone who's driven the exact same Jeeps you have and that person would have plenty of complaints. And yes, I could find that for every car I've owned I'm sure. :P
      jguss69
      • 1 Year Ago
      i remember toyota recently having endless recalls, the most ever by any car...."moving forward" at 110 mph and cant stop!
        joper201
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jguss69
        Another union toad stretching the truth!!!!
        arvig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jguss69
        Uh-huh. Yes, Toyota had their share of recalls. Now Jeep has their share. So has Ford, GM products, Nissan, various German makes, various South Korean makes, I think Ferrari had one on a few cars semi-recently and so forth. My point? EVERY brand out there has had recalls, some of them quite large. :P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jguss69
        Read the Consumer Reports Auto edition and you'll see an unbiased report on Jeep Cherokees. Not very favorable and these are reports from thousands of owners. I am trying to find parts for my brother's Grand Cherokee which has caused him nothing but problems.
      jguay60549
      • 1 Year Ago
      The negotiated fix is ridiculous and neither Chrysler nor the NHTSA believe the fix will resolve the problem of a potential fire and or explosion of the fuel tank upon rear impact at low speeds. Installing the trailer hitch will only provide a ridged rampart that will on impact project into the gas tank resulting in fire and explosion. The idea that an installed a trailer hitch is a safety device is beyond reason. Try and talk your auto insurer in to a discount because you just installed a fire prevention system (a trailer hitch) in your car. This is really beyond belief that Chrysler would continue to put their customers at such risk. There are reasonable alternatives that could provide real fixes including moving the fuel tank to where it should have been initially; this is a real fix. Chrysler could do a true recall and provide the owners of the potential fire-balls with a new auto; this too is a real fix. The replace car idea should be brainstormed for workable replacement scenarios instead of continuing down the path of blatant denial by Chrysler, that will never provide a real fix. Until Chrysler gets off the denial wagon it cannot get on the resolution wagon. How about providing replacement vehicles with like kind at manufacturer's cost and finance the replacements at 0% interest for the life of the loan. I do not want to happen to me or other owners of Jeeps what happened to my friend's wife when she was struck from behind in her Ford Pinto. The car exploded and she was engulfed in flames. She was pulled from her car but was burnt over nearly her entire body. She was a recent college graduate and a truly gifted artist. Her face was burnt beyond recognition, she had only two holes for a nose, no ears, no hair, no skin. her eyes were seriously effected. The fingers on her hands were burnt off and she was left with about half her hands. Because she didn't want to scare children she wore a mask that covered her face and scarfs over her head and mittens on her hands. She had surgery after surgery and hospital stay on top of hospital stay. This is what can happen when the car explodes when its gas tank is exposed and ruptured on rear impact at low speeds. I don't want it to happen to me and I sure don't want it to happen to my kids or grand kids. Chrysler must do what is right and that is to do right by your loyal customers.
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      All auto makers have recalls,Audi,BMW-Benz,Toyota ,Toyota,Toyota,Lexus,Lexus,GM,Ford.Aston Martin,Nissan.But I will stick with Chrysler/Fiat.
      oddly290
      • 1 Year Ago
      this makes me think of the Ford Pinto.
        larry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @oddly290
        At least the Ford Pinto would explode and self-destruct. The Jeep just keeps draining your wallet.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep also has a serious problem with the door panels cracking and falling apart on the inside. You cannot exit the vehicle so if you or a child is in the seat where that door is , such as the back seat you have no way out other than breaking a window or dying by fire should you get hit in back end as in the article above. I love driving the vehicle it is comfortable has heated seats and for an 8 cylinder 2005 gas is not real bad. I just wish I could feel safe putting a child or anyone else for that matter in the back seat. Why can't they do something when lives are in danger.
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        Or, you know, you could just replace the door panels. I remember a time when American's used to pride themselves for their "can do" attitude. Apparently, the only thing far to many of us can do today is cry for the "government" to fix it.
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