Chrysler Refuses to Recall 2.7 Million Jeep SUVs

Chrysler Refuses to Recall 2.7 Million Jeep SUVs

Chrysler said today that it does not intend to call-back roughly 2.7 million vehicles to make repairs despite the government requesting a recall.

“Chrysler Group has been working and sharing data with the Agency on this issue since September 2010. The company does not agree with NHTSA’s conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective,” the company said in a statement.

The requested recall would affect Jeep Grand Cherokees ranging from the 1993 through 2004 model years and Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2002 through 2007.

Potentially fatal fires following rear-end crashes are at the center of the dispute. NHTSA began its investigation in 2009 and in June, 2012 moved to an engineering analysis citing 15 deaths and 41 injuries said to be caused by rear-impact crashes.

The gas tank in both SUVs is located between the rear bumper and axle and is made of plastic; both of which were cited as possible reasons for the apparent frequency of fires caused by rear-end crashes.

But Chrysler’s statement maintains that the vehicles in question “met and exceeded all applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including FMVSS 301, pertaining to fuel-system integrity.”

The company also said its test show the issue in question occurring once for every million years of vehicle operation, which it says is similar to comparable vehicles sold at the time.

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  • Soyntgo4it

    Who cares most are junked anyway now.

  • ballybunion

    I think the Chrysler claim is one occurrence per million miles driven, not years.

  • Spere

    It could well be “Million years of operation” as 2.7 million vehicles operating over one year will give you 2.7 million years of operation – adjust for number of years, production and attrition.

  • Jeff

    I dont think they should recall. Out of 2.7 million vehicles in operation, only 15 deaths from this fatal flaw? Thats a very very low percentage. A lot of vehicles have the gas tank between the bumper and rear axle. Every car that Ive owned, and even my TJ.
    2.7 million vehicles… even if only 10% of customers get in on a recall thats a huge loss, especially to fix something that met and exceeded all the standards..

  • John

    You must work for Chrysler, obviously you don’t give a shit about people getting hurt or died from a poor designed vehicles… IDIOT!

  • Brian Earle

    Doesn’t matter where you put it, Chevy went through the same thing years back. They had their tanks on the side among the frame, SO in side collisions they caught fire. There’s only so many places you can move it too. How about my 1950 Willy’s, I sit on that tank LOL!

  • jim

    With a percentage that low, i dare other car makers to even try to match that. i drive a TJ and in my 30 collective years of driving, have never been rear ended. You need to relax on your idiotic opinions.

  • Aran

    And in my 11 years of driving and my fiancee’s 10, we’ve had nearly every car we own rear-ended at red lights, one of them five times before it was written off by a bad enough incident.

    It’s like anecdotes are… irrelevant?

  • Robert Niehay

    If they recall them, where are they going to put the tanks? In the cab? I was ready to crap all over Chrysler, but this just seems like reaching. It like the NTSB looking to lower the BAC level. Redundant Federal Agencies looking not to get cut in this time of Federal fiscal mismanagement. They release rubbish to the ‘news’ to show how useful they are.

  • VW owner

    I have 2002 VW Golf and the Airbags deploy unexpected at time. My bag deployed when the car received a bumper tap in the parking lot. According to some reports up to 15% of vehicles from 2000-2005 will have unexplained airbag deployment. The government recommend a recall, and Volkswagen has not and most likely will never do a recall. Airbags can be deadly, if you are struck by it at the wrong time. So I would not come down on Chrysler for this decision.

  • sam

    I think that Chrysler is in the right this time.

  • sam

    With your luck (or low skills) maybe you should take a cab. Do you know what the drivers were doing that hit you? Were they drinking or talking on a phone, or otherwise impaired

  • sam

    I want other drivers to pay attention to their driven like their life depended on what they do. i know that i do!The government cant make cars safe enough that someone doesn’t get hurt or killed. Its up to all us drivers to drive right.

  • Aran

    … low… skills? Sitting at a complete stop at a red light is hardly a skillful endeavor. Most of them were in some process of using a cell phone, or otherwise just an idiot, yes.

  • Mike

    So… you’re telling me that people are surprised that rear-end crashes can kill you? What happened to the days when you got a lap belt and a payer to keep you safe in a crash? Cars are so sissy these days.

  • ohiobenz

    good thing i have a Toyota, they recall even when there is no proof of a failure.. All the gas pedal stuff was operator error, and my FJ seatbelts possible failure at the mounting stop never once occurred in real life – but they halted sales until they had it fixed. Still wonder why they are #1??? I dont…

  • jim

    obviously you have zero taste in cars.

  • Andrey Mitrofanov

    LOL you have zero taste in cars. It’s a 90’s, the pinnacle of cheap, hard plastic years and shitty american cars.

  • macelius

    ha, I remember seeing a Grand Cherokee in the late 90s with it’s ass on fire after being rear-ended by a sedan.

  • mike_s123

    Maybe you operate your car 24×7. I don’t. A car parked in a garage is not operating, and wouldn’t count toward time of operation.

  • mike_s123

    You’re 20 years too late.