5.1 Million Jeeps Investigated for Fire Risk
A huge investigation, covering a potential total of 5.1 million Jeeps, has been opened by Chrysler Group and the NHTSA regarding the rear fuel tanks of certain models.
The models affected are the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees, and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty, all of which pose a potentially serious fire risk. In case of a rear-end collision, the tanks in the back of the Jeeps could catch fire.
15 people have died and a further 46 have been injured due to this issue.
“With the number of vehicles involved and potential severity of the problem, this could set Chrysler back considerably,” said Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group in Michigan, according to Bussinessweek. “The cost to Chrysler could be considerable, and the cost in terms of reputation would be high.”