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Jeep Recalls 1.5 Millions Vehicles

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On: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:13PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Jeep Recalls 1.5 Millions Vehicles

In one of the largest recalls we have seen in some time, Jeep has recalled a staggering 1,560,000 vehicles in total. The issue at hand, is no small problem either—it seems that Grand Cherokee models built between 1993-1998, as well as Liberty models made between 2002-2007, may have been built with defective fuel tanks. Yeah... remember when your dad would tell you stories about the Ford Pinto growing up? Well, welcome to the next generation of Pinto-like problems. The fuel tanks on these Jeeps may, in fact, leak and fail in the vehicle is rear ended. Not good.  

So what is the cure for this problem? Well, naturally Chrysler is asking all customers bring their Jeeps back in for inspection and repair. Trucks that do not have a tow hitch will get one, and any truck that already has a tow hitch will have it inspected to determine if it needs to be replaced, all free of charge, of course. Chrysler will be contacting owners this month, and anyone with questions may contact the company at 1-800-247-9753.  Read on for the full report...

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V252000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE , STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,560,000


Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles. The fuel tanks in these vehicles are at risk of failure and leakage in certain rear impacts.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear structure. On vehicles in the recall that are not equipped with a tow hitch, Chrysler will install a Chrysler designed tow hitch free of charge, provided the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles in the recall that are equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, Chrysler will assess whether the hitch and surrounding areas show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks. If so, Chrysler will replace the tow hitch with a Chrysler designed tow hitch free of charge, provided the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles already equipped with a Chrysler designed tow hitch, Chrysler will inspect the area around the tow hitch installation, and if any installation issues are identified, they will be repaired free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign numbers are N45 (for the Grand Cherokee vehicles) and N46 (for the Liberty vehicles).

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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