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Chrysler to Recall 2.7 Million Jeep Vehicles

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Jun-2013

After initially refusing to comply with a recall demand, Chrysler has agreed to recall nearly 2.7 million Jeeps, which may be of interest to Chrysler Jeep owners in Texas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested the recall after determining that the vehicles are at high risk of catching fire if struck in the rear. Chrysler denies this claim and argues that the vehicles are safe.

Chrysler has agreed to recall the vehicles for inspection and, in some cases, will take corrective measures to address the concerns. Chrysler will not repair all of the vehicles. Those that are repaired will be equipped with a factory trailer hitch to protect the plastic gas tank if struck from behind.

Approximately 1.2 million 1994 to 2004 Grand Cherokees will be inspected and after-market hitches replaced by factory ones. Hitches will not be installed if the vehicles do not already have a hitch. Chrysler will repair nearly 1.6 million remaining 1993 to 1998 Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberties. These vehicles will receive factory hitches in place of after-market ones, and vehicles that do not have a hitch will have one installed.

Failure to take action would have necessitated public hearings, which would have negatively affected Chrysler's reputation even if no recall took place. A public hearing could have resulted in NHTSA's withdrawal of the request, an involuntary recall or litigation in federal court to force a recall. Even with the recall, Chrysler may face numerous lawsuits related to car accidents that have already occurred.

Accidents caused by defective auto parts can result in devastating personal injuries or death. Companies manufacturing and marketing unsafe parts are liable for injuries caused to consumers. While products liability law is vast and complex, these laws ensure that companies are held accountable for marketing defective products. A personal injury lawyer could assist someone affected by the defective vehicles file for compensation for damages.

Source: CNN Money, "Chrysler relents, agrees to recall 2.7 million Jeeps", Chris Isidore, June 19, 2013

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