The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting stern with Chrysler.
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchione has been sent a stern letter from NHTSA demanding the company speed up its repair of recalled Jeep vehicles. The fix in this case is the installation of a trailer hitch to protect the vehicles’ gas tanks in rear-end collisions. NHTSA says that so far, only 3 percent of 1.5 million Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee models have been repaired.
“In fact, this morning I sent a letter to the chairman and CEO of Chrysler telling them they have to get their act in gear,” said David Friedman, deputy director of NHTSA. “They have to make sure they’re getting those parts in the hands of consumers.”
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NHTSA recently issued a new advisory urging owners of the affected models to make appointments with their dealer as soon as possible. Chrysler currently has 400,000 parts available for owners of recalled vehicles.
The timeliness of this recall has been called into question before, and at the time Chrysler issued a response. “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,” read the statement.
[Source: Automotive News]
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