According to the New York Times, Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have agreed to recall older Jeeps after concerns were raised over the placement of fuel tanks, and whether it made the vehicles vulnerable in collisions and prone to gasoline leaks and fires.
The recall affects 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles. In a statement, Chrysler said that it would inspect the vehicles and in “some cases” provide an upgrade to the rear structures of the vehicle to “manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.”
“Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles,” the company said in a statement.
The NHTSA also released a statement saying, “Consumers impacted by the safety recall and customer satisfaction campaign should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Chrysler.”
There are reportedly 2.7 million Jeep vehicles on the road eligible for inspection. Chrysler reportedly wanted to fight the recall, but agreed after it faced the prospect of high-profile hearings, which would have included testimony from safety advocates, as well as the parents of children who burned to death in fires.
According to the Associated Press, there have been 17,000 recalls involving over 500 million vehicles since NHTSA started the recall process in 1966. If you are the owner of a recalled vehicle and you have been injured because of these vehicle defects, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit. In addition, one of our most highly publicized cases was a consumer class action settlement with Chrysler.
Contact the class action lawyers at KGG today if you would like us to use our knowledge, skill and dedication in representing you.
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