Chrysler has been called into question over the timeliness of a Jeep recall, and today the brand released a statement to clear things up.
NHTSA wants to know what is taking so long, a question that Chrysler addressed in its statement. “Launching a safety recall demands complex engineering and close coordination with NHTSA well before an automaker accumulates replacement parts. To accommodate the high-volume production required for this campaign, Chrysler Group had to find and enlist multiple new supplier partners to supply volume of this part that far exceeded normal demand,” reads the statement.
Since the beginning of this recall, which affects about 1.56 million older Jeeps, Chrysler has claimed that the vehicles are not defective, backing up the claim by saying that these Jeeps “are among the safest in their peer groups and met or exceeded the standards in effect at the time they were first sold.”
Despite this, Chrysler has complied with a NHTSA request to recall the vehicles. The brand has decided to install hitches on the Jeeps to protect their gas tanks in rear-end collisions, as many were catching on fire after such a collision, a fix that NHTSA approved.
Parts production has now commenced, and the recall is expected to actually begin in August of this year. “Our supplier partners are committed to a work schedule of three shifts per day, six days per week, with occasional Sunday production,” said the company. “This campaign has been conducted in close coordination with NHTSA. The agency has had full knowledge of our activities. Chrysler Group complied with all applicable regulations governing recalls, and has been working with NHTSA all along in this process.”
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