Chrysler Gives In to NHTSA Demands, Issues Voluntary Jeep Recall

Almost two weeks after refusing a recall request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for several 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Liberty models, Chrysler Group has announced that a “voluntary campaign” concerning the affected vehicles will soon commence.
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“Chrysler Group will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts,” said Chrysler.

While pointing out that the two sides “have resolved their differences”, the Auburn Hills-headquartered automaker still claims that the vehicles “are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group”.

The initial recall requested by the NHTSA affects 2,7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs over potentially fires caused by rear-end crashes, with 15 death and 41 injuries reported so far. The concerned 1993-2004 Cherokee and 2002-2007 Liberty SUVs are fitted with plastic gas tanks located between the rear bumper and axle, which makes them vulnerable in the case of a rear-end crash.


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