Chrysler will extend the controversial recall of its 1992 – 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002 – 2007 Liberty SUVs to 167,318 units in Canada.
A related campaign will also affect 62,760 Grand Cherokee units from the 1999 – 2004 model years according to documents from Transport Canada. Chrysler made headlines last month after refusing a request by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall 2.7 million of the SUVs. NHTSA requested the recall because of a fire risk relating to rear-end collisions.
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The Auburn Hills automaker said at the time that the vehicles were keeping with safety standards in place at the time they were manufactured. Chrysler agreed later to recall 1.56 million of the SUVs to install trailer assembly hitches despite saying it doesn’t think the fix will protect drivers.
The remaining number of vehicles under the initial recall request will be fixed under a customer service campaign, which is how the company is approaching the issue for all affected Canadian SUVs.