After an initial refusal, Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 1.56 million cars to correct a problem that can lead to vehicle fires. In fact, as previously reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contends 2.7 million Chrysler vehicles have a defect that can lead to gas tank explosions.
While Chrysler has agreed to recall some vehicles, it still contends that the automobiles in question are not defective. In fact, in letters sent to NHTSA, although the automaker said it would make the repair by installing trailer hitches on 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Libertys, it still believes that trailer hitches would not reduce the risk of a high energy rear-end collision.
Chrysler has decided not to recall 1999 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees despite allegations from NHTSA that they are defective.
According to NHTSA, Jeeps with fuel tanks mounted behind the rear axle, have a higher likelihood than other vehicles of catching fire after a rear-end collision.
Chrysler will begin the trailer-hitch installation process on recalled vehicles free of charge in July 2013. The company can be contacted at (800) 247-9753. NHTSA’s Jeep investigation is ongoing.
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