In 2013 Chrysler refused a government recall request on nearly 3 million Jeep vehicles that were at risk of deadly fires if involved in a rear end collision and low to medium impact speeds. Initially, Chrysler denied that anything was wrong with their Jeeps, but later opted to recall just half of the cars that the NHTSA recommended.
People have died and been seriously injured because of the delay in the original recall and now the ongoing delay in a half-hearted effort to band-aid the problem.
Chrysler Offers an Ineffective Solution
Chrysler plans to “fix” the limited recall by installing trailer hitches on particular models from 1992-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles. Unfortunately, research has indicated that the trailer hitch is nearly useless in high-speed rear impact collisions. For low-speed crashes, Chrysler admits that the hitch will only provide a small incremental improvement.
At this time, less than 10% of the affected Jeeps have had the patch applied, and we do not yet know if that is even going to work in protecting Jeep drivers.
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If you lost a loved on in a tragedy that is related to one of these unsafe vehicles, or if you or a loved one was seriously injured. You need to be heard and you need to be compensated for your loss.
Chrysler knew, and did nothing, no they are being cheap with people’s lives.
Sequence of Events
- November 18, 2014: Chrysler is met with strong public disapproval following a rear-end crash which took the life of a pregnant woman driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty, one of the 1.6 million vehicles recalled in June the year before. Of those recalled vehicles, only 8 percent had been repaired by Chrysler.
- July 3, 2014: Deaths are on the rise due to rear-end collisions resulting in fires, allegedly caused by a faulty trailer hitch in more than 1.5 million Jeeps recalled in 2013. Repairs for the recalled vehicles were approved at the beginning of 2014, but at the current slow pace in which Chrysler is moving in getting to the repairs, it is expected to take until 2019 before all repairs will be completed.
- March 13, 2014: In spite of the issuance of a recall for Jeep Liberty models nearly a year ago, Chrysler never supplied a replacement for the faulty part causing fiery crashes and deaths. Two West Virginians lost their lives when a driver who was determined to be at fault crashed into the back of their 2004 Jeep Liberty, resulting in a ruptured fuel tank and subsequent vehicle fire.
- June 18, 2013: Chrysler changes its tune and agrees to the recall of Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee models demanded by the NHTSA. This recall, however, only includes certain model years, excluding up to 1 million potentially defective Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1999 through 2004.
- June 12, 2013: Chrysler responds to the June 3 demand by the NHTSA to recall 2.7 million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicle models, stating that they would not comply by the given deadline of June 18.