Chrysler is recalling more than 2.7 million Jeep vehicles over the risk that rear-end collisions could cause the vehicles to catch fire, due to a potentially defective gas tank design.
Over the past few weeks Chrysler has been involved in a lot of back-and-forth with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which requested that the automaker issue a voluntary recall over the problem.
Car companies tend to go along with these kinds of NHTSA requests without putting up much of a fight, but Chrysler had refused to issue any recall until it was up against an NHTSA-imposed deadline for compliance with the request. (See NHTSA resources on the Chrysler recall.)
The recall involves the following Jeep sport utility vehicle models:
- Jeep Grand Cherokee for model year 1993 to 2004, and
- Jeep Liberty for model year 2002 to 2007.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Chrysler’s strategy may end up paying off when it comes to the alleged vehicle defect: “By choosing to blink in a high-stakes game of chicken, Chrysler may in fact come out the big winner. That’s because the proposed repair — installing low-cost trailer hitches — could prove far less expensive than other potential remedies.”
For Jeep owners with questions about how the recall affects them, hopefully this MSNBC article has the answers: What Worried Owners Can Do About Jeep Recall. And if you’re interested, learn about your legal options for vehicle defects.