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    Reversal: Chrysler Agrees To Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 18, 2013

    A few weeks ago, Chrysler put on a defying stance by saying no to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration order to recall about 2.7 million Jeep SUVs due to concerns of fires erupting from rear-end collisions.

    "Chrysler Group has been working and sharing data with the Agency on this issue since September 2010. The company does not agree with NHTSA’s conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective," the company said in a statement.

    Today, the company changed course and announced they would recall the 2.7 million Jeep SUVs (1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty). Chrysler dealers will do an inspection on the affected vehicles, and the rear structure will be upgraded if necessary.

    Chrysler still disagrees with NHTSA that a safety defect is apparent.

    "Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group. 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."

    Source: Chrysler

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request

    June 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have resolved their differences with respect to NHTSA’s request to recall 1993-2004 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles.

    As a result of the agreement, Chrysler Group will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.

    Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group. 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.

    Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families.

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    Something popped up on the radar and scared them to rethink this stance. Maybe someone showed them the truth and how this could possibly be the next Pinto Issue.

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    Something popped up on the radar and scared them to rethink this stance. Maybe someone showed them the truth and how this could possibly be the next Pinto Issue.

    They cannot afford to have their one decent and productive branch suffer an image problem.

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