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1.6M Jeeps in car recall

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Despite earlier refusing a request from the feds to recall 1,560,000 Jeeps in the U.S., parent company Chrysler Group LLC has said it has "resolved its differences" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will indeed recall the cars in question. The recall involves some of the 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys, due to a possible problem with the fuel tank that could result in leakage or a fire in a rear-impact crash.

The announcement of the car recall comes after an increase in signatures on a petition on Change.org demanding the recall. The petition, which received more than 127,000 signatures, was started by Jenelle Embrey, who witnessed a mother and her teenage son burn to death in their 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee in an October 2012 crash. The NHTSA began investigating the Jeep models in 2010 as a result of a request by the Center for Auto Safety, a consumer group that monitors accident data and takes consumer complaints.

Affected cars will get a visual inspection and the addition of a Chrysler-designed tow hitch if they are not already equipped with a hitch and if the structure can support the installation. According to Chrysler, the Chrysler-designed tow hitch will help "better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts." Chrysler maintains that the cars in the recall are not defective and are among the safest cars in their segment.

Do you own one of the cars in the recall? Do you think they're safe?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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58 Comments
Tim Dry
July 01, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have many jeeps in the family over 200,000 miles on them biggest problem they won't wear out. THANKS JEEP

Steven
July 01, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Our 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee had fuel pump/line problems twice. My son was using it in college in 2003 through about 2008. Fuel line leaked suddenly and heavily. He had it repaired, but the probem reoccured a short time later. Had it repaired a second time and so far no reoccuring problems. Otherwise, it has done well and is still going. But it's never been rear ended.

Already, though, I know someone who traded in an older model for a new one. The scare is probably going to sell some new jeeps.

jim
July 01, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Brian Wilkins... is your engine a 4.o? if so, have your head gaskets replaced. The antifreeze is going into your pistons and burning there, not in your oil. I had a 4.0 with the same problem. This causes an overheat which is blowing your pressurized coolant system. I replaced 2 radiator and 4 overflow reservoirs. Good luck

dave
July 01, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I have a 1995 jeep grand Cherokee with 182000 miles on it and its still going strong.....never a problem with gas tank

bev
July 01, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I have an older model been driving it for over fifteen years and so far my gas tank has not exploded so I am not worried about this recall.....

nick schott
July 01, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I own a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, does this mean mine is getting recalled?

margaret
July 01, 2013 at 5:46 pm

i have a 2002 jeep cherokee will i get a hitch on mine is it going to be recalles

Fred
July 01, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Woah and that is the problem, you get hit in the rear. Lets get real. Somebody said install a tow hitch. OK not a hitch ball on the bumper, a frame mounted hitch under the rear end. This provides some armor for the gas tank. They condemned the Ford Pinto for the same thing yet millions of other cars and dozens of other makes have the gas tank in the rear. Where do you want it, up front with the driver? Just how many ruptured tanks are we talking about and how many resulted in fires? If it aint broke why spend $$ trying to fix it? Watch your mirror, somebody is following too close.

brian wilkins
July 01, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I own a 2001 Jeep Cherokee. It has been rear ended and did not explode. i have never seen a jeep with the engine and gauge lights come on more.The radiator is no good replaced twice in 13 months and it has had three sets of front breaks and 2 back and goes through antifreeze that no one could find. None on the ground and went through two gallons in 40 hours and not a drop to be found.This is with a radiator replaced and new hoses. It was at the garage 9 days and i drove it 19 miles and gauge lights came on and off on and off.Thought it was oil pump nope , thought antifreeze in engine nope. Oil as clean as day it was bought and gauge lights on and off. Everything checked and was told to drive it. Want to trade for another jeep explain the lights to the dealer. Runs like a charm but lights on and off. Hate to get rid of it but cant take the stress. And nothing out tail pipe all avenues checked.Do not tell me i have the new Pinto.

Margaret Carr
July 01, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Posted 15 minutes ago with nothing but compliments about my jeep. It has not appeared yet???????