Chrysler agrees to recall 2.7 million Jeeps, involving the 1993 to 2004
Jeep Grand Cherokees and the 2002 to 2007 Jeep Libertys.
The vehicles are being recalled because they may catch fire when struck
from behind. However, according to the agreement, Chrysler will not necessarily
be required to repair all 2.7 million vehicles. Public interest groups
like the Center for Auto Safety wanted Chrysler to place a steel plate
over the plastic gas tank. Instead, Chrysler will install a factory trailer
hitch to provide protection in case of a low speed rear end collision.
Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1999 to 2004 will be inspected, if
they have an after market hitch, it will be replaced with a factory hitch.
Vehicles that already have a factory installed hitch will not have work
done. Chrysler estimates it will do work on around 1.6 million vehicles
including the 1993 to 1998 Grand Cherokees and the 2002 to 2007 Libertys.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said it was
pleased that “Chrysler has agreed to take action to protect its
customers and the driving public. Consumers impacted by the safety recall
and consumer satisfaction campaign would have their vehicles serviced
promptly once they receive notification from Chrysler.”
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