Earlier this month, we told you that Chrysler was refusing to recall 2.7 million vehicles due to a concern with the gas tank. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested a recall stating that the gas tank design in the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty is unsafe.
NHTSA says that the gas tank design in the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty is unsafe. Chrysler disagreed and said that they weren’t willing to do it. It was the first time since 1996 that a car manufacturer refused a NHTSA request for a recall. Chrysler was given until June 18th to formally respond to NHTSA. Well, in the final hours before the deadline, they have given in.
In a statement provided by Chrysler, they said they will recall the vehicles for inspection and, in “some cases,” will “provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.” If they had not agreed to act by the deadline, they faced the prospect of high-profile public hearings. There would have been testimony from both car safety advocates who have pushed for the recall, as well as the parents of children who burned to death in fires. Experts say the hearing would have caused Chrysler’s reputation to take a hit, even if it had avoided the recall.
Good call Chrysler – but it begs the question, why did they refuse in the first place? Was it worth it?