Reversing an earlier position, Chrysler Group on June 18 agreed to recall 2.7 million Jeeps to comply with a recall request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall involves 1993-2004 model-year Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 model-year Jeep Liberty vehicles. In a released statement, Chrysler said dealers will visually inspect each recalled vehicle and, if necessary, upgrade the rear structure to “better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.”
After conducting a years-long investigation, NHTSA concluded the fuel tank in these vehicles has a defect that makes it susceptible to catching fire in rear-end crashes.
Though Chrysler still maintains the vehicles are already safe, the company said it decided to comply with NHTSA’s recall request in hopes of reassuring concerned customers.
“Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group,” the automaker said. “Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles.”
The automaker informed NHTSA of its decision hours before a deadline, thereby avoiding the possibility of public hearings on the matter.