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Chrysler rejects government request to recall Grand Cherokee and Liberty models

 Chrysler rejects government request to recall Grand Cherokee and Liberty models

NHTSA says they could catch on fire

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently requested Chrysler recall 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty's over concerns they were susceptible to catch on fire following a rear-end collision.

This sounds fairly common but Chrysler has rejected their request and "does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation."

According to the NHTSA, when the models are involved in a rear-end collision the gas tank can be ruptured and cause a fire or an explosion. Chrysler disagrees with the government's assessment and contends the "NHTSA’s initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis of the underlying data."

The company goes on to say "These vehicles met and exceeded all applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including FMVSS 301, pertaining to fuel-system integrity. Our analysis shows the incidents, which are the focus of this request, occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation. This rate is similar to comparable vehicles produced and sold during the time in question."

Despite rejecting the recall, Chrysler says they will continue working with the NHTSA to resolve the disagreement. In the meantime, approximately 2.7 million Jeep owners will likely be watching their backside.

Source: Chrysler

Chrysler Group LLC Responds to NHTSA Recall Letter

June 4, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has issued a recall request letter proposing that Chrysler Group recall the Jeep Grand Cherokee in model years 1993 to 2004 and the Jeep Liberty in model years 2002 to 2007 (a total of approximately 2.7 million vehicles).

Chrysler Group has been working and sharing data with the Agency on this issue since September 2010. The company does not agree with NHTSA’s conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective.

We believe NHTSA’s initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis of the underlying data, and we are committed to continue working with the Agency to resolve this disagreement.

“The safety of drivers and passengers has long been the first priority for Chrysler brands and that commitment remains steadfast,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. “The company stands behind the quality of its vehicles. All of us remain committed to continue working with NHTSA to provide information confirming the safety of these vehicles.”

Chrysler Group’s position on this matter is clear.

These vehicles met and exceeded all applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including FMVSS 301, pertaining to fuel-system integrity. Our analysis shows the incidents, which are the focus of this request, occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation. This rate is similar to comparable vehicles produced and sold during the time in question.

Chrysler Group stands behind the quality and safety of its vehicles. It conducts voluntary recalls when they are warranted, and in most cases, before any notice or investigation request from NHTSA.

Customers who have questions or concerns can call the Chrysler Group’s customer care line: 1-800-334-9200.

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Comments (3)

 benz_man benz_man
This is pretty absurd. All the "fiery" crashes happen at over 65MPH, where the integrity of any vehicles fuel system is vulnerable. And what, Chrysler's supposed to replace the tanks in all these jeeps; many which are at the end of their service lives? Yeah right!
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June 6, 2013 5:52 am
 Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
Good on Chrysler for not kowtowing to government pressure.
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June 5, 2013 4:48 pm