Jeep Fuel Tank Recall
1.5 Million Jeep Vehicles Recalled for Exploding Gas Tanks
Thomas J. Henry is investigating reports of wrongful death and injury caused by a catastrophic defect found in several model-year Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties.
Currently, Fiat Chrysler is under federal scrutiny for their failure to address the defect which would cause Jeep vehicles to be engulfed in flames following a rear collision.
CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY LINKS 187 DEATHS TO RECALLED JEEPS
“If they’re hit from behind in a rear impact, the fuel tank is very likely to explode as like the Ford Pinto. NHTSA itself says there are at least 75 deaths due to the defect. We now count 187 deaths to the defect.” – Clarence Ditlow, Director of the Center for Auto Safety, as published by KTVU-AP
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed at least 75 deaths due to the defective gas tanks, the Center for Auto Safety claims to have linked 187 deaths to the issue.
Releases by federal regulators indicate the issue lies within the positioning of the fuel tanks, which are located behind the rear axle. The positioning means there is little to shield the tanks in the event of a rear collision, and the tanks are prone to ruptures when such a crash occurs.
Upon rupture, gasoline is spilled from the fuel tanks leading to fires.
Fiat Chrysler originally recalled the vehicles in 2013, but, according to the NHTSA, the repairs completed at the time did little to remedy the problem. NHTSA has since pressured Fiat Chrysler to take additional measures to repair the defective vehicles, but the automaker has been defiant.
Fiat Chrysler is now facing a fine of up to $105 million for the Jeep recall as well as for their inadequate handling of nearly two dozen other recalls.
Jeep Model-Years Affected by Recall
If you are the owner of one of the following model-year vehicles, please take immediate action to ensure your safety:
- 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
Additional recall information can be found by entering your vehicles VIN into NHTSA recall database.