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Chrysler refuses 2.7M car recall

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Friday, June 7, 2013
Posted: 3 pm ET

Chrysler has refused a request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall about 2.7 million Jeep models, saying they are confident the cars are safe. It is very rare for an automaker to refuse to recall cars when requested by the government agency.

The focus of the recall request are 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models. The NHTSA feels that the gas tank design is unsafe and could cause the cars to catch on fire in a rear-end collision.

Chrysler said in a statement that it believes the agency's conclusions are based on an "incomplete analysis of underlying data." Furthermore, Chrysler says the design of the gas tank, which is located behind the rear axle, is common in many other cars, and many other fatal crashes of the cars in question involved very high-speed collisions that would have had the same outcome even with a different design.

Chrysler has been providing data to the NHTSA since September 2010. The agency began investigating the Jeep models at the request of the Center for Auto Safety, a consumer group that monitors accident data and takes consumer complaints. The center also recently requested that the NHTSA issue a recall of the cars, saying it had contacted the CEOs of Chrysler and its parent company, Fiat, five times to recall the Jeeps but received no response.

NHTSA can only require Chrysler to repair a small percentage of the affected vehicles, since the recall laws only require cars to be repaired free of charge if they are less than 10 years old. That would include cars that are 2003 models or newer for current recalls. The matter will likely be taken up in U.S. District Court if Chrysler doesn't reverse its decision on the recall request.

Do you own one of the cars that could be recalled?

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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92 Comments
Don Cousineau
June 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

I find that these car companies do not have to stand behind there products. They know about all these issues. just check out all the service bulletins. Its all about the mighty dollar. Ford is the worst of all of them.

lowrider495
June 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

just about anything will catch on fire if hit hard enough,everything has its limits,sometimes people just don't understand that.ALWAYS looking for someone to blame!!!!

Cicuta
June 16, 2013 at 6:17 am

Jeep models had many problems before and even people have die in accidents as the vehicle tends to tip over on winding roads. Stability had always been a problem with Jeeps after Chrysler acquired it from AMC. I would not buy one...get rid of it if you own one.

Bob
June 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

Just another ploy by other car companies to discredit Chrysler, don't believe anything on the internet. Most of the comments come from people asked to put them on or from other car companies. Wake up people talk to the people around you or that own these vehicles, not posers on these blogs!!!

RamBrent
June 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

Looks like Ford is the only American Auto Man. that has any integrity left. They learned their lesson with the early model (late 80's - mid 90's) Taurus models. During the Auto bail out the FMC only asked for the taxpayer to be ready to help if they needed it (and eventually did utilize somewhere around $10 billion in federal line of credit) but successfully weathered the storm and avoided bankruptcy (unlike GM, and Chrysler who absolutely required bail-out and entered gov. managed bankruptcies).
I find it funny that the Gov essentially erased the debt from GM and Chrysler saying they were paid in full, and still requires Ford to pay back the line of credit immediately!

As for Chrysler, hell they aren't even American any more. They were in trouble before the recession (Ttthanks in part by the Yugo quality of the "K" series) which is why they were purchased by Mercedes who quickly sold to Fiat when they saw the market going belly up.

RamBrent
June 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

@ray

Hi Ray, Can you elaborate on the "Death Wobble" you refer to in the Ram? I own a 2005 1500 quad cab. So far 65k in millage and good regular maint has kept my particular pickup in good shape with the exception of bald tires. I would like to know a bit about what may cause this issue so I can keep a watch for it. So far all I have found on web reaserch is a tendency for the differential to have issues if the fluid isn't kept fresh and same for tranny.

So far my rig is in good shape, course I don't drive it hard, but I am acutely aware of the reputation these trucks have.

Patrick
June 16, 2013 at 12:39 am

I think there should be a recall on the 2007 Dodge Durango (and other years as well) for issues relating to the electrical portion of the transmission. i.e. racing RPM's, engine lights on, inability to go over 25 MPH with RPM's at 5000+. Tons of issues with this and lots on Google complaining about it yet ZERO recall.

Fletcher Wilson
June 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I don't know if the recall is justified or not. I'll lean toward not. It's about time that someone stands up and tells a goverment agency that they cannot make thier own rules.There is lately an abuse of power, like the EPA.The federal government is running things that they should stay away from.
Fletch.

ray
June 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Doesn't surprise me look in to the Dodge Ram "Death Wobble" so dangerous to the driver and others on the road because you can't control the vehicle.Nothing done about it tried to have mine fixed 3 times and nothing worked..Just stop buying there products.

lightrider
June 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Welcome to Obamma Motor Corporation.