CAS Statement on Chrysler's Refusal to Recall Fire-Prone Jeeps
The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
June 4, 2013
Chrysler’s refusal to recall 2.7 million 1993-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles places profits over safety. These modern day Pintos for soccer moms have been involved in 246 fatal fire crashes with 350 deaths and at least 112 deaths due to fire. A recall involving installation of a 3 mm steel skid, a fuel tank check valve and better fuel filler hose would cost Chrysler no more $300 million. Chrysler would not exist today but for a $10 billion bailout loan by the US government. The refusal to recall these rolling firebombs is an insult to its customers who ride at risk every day of being hit from behind and going up in flames and to American tax payers who bailed out Chrysler.
The Center for Auto Safety has asked Fiat CEO John Elkann and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne 5 times to recall these Jeeps but has received no response. The CEOs appear more willing to watch children die in child seats than to do the right thing – recall these Jeeps.
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Letters to Chrysler/Fiat CEO’s
CAS Asks Fiat/Chrysler Chairmen Elkann & Marchionne to Recall Jeeps that Burn Children to Death in Rear Impacts – 5/22/13
CAS Renews Request to Recall Jeep Grand Cherokee After Second 4-Year Old’s Fire Death in Child Seat in Rear Crash – 4/5/12
Letter to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne re: Jeep Fire Crashes in 2010 FARS – 1/25/12
Second Letter to Chrysler Chairman Sergio Marchionne Re: Orlando Crash – 11/17/11
Chrysler CEO Marchionne Asked to Show Social Responsibility He Stresses & Recall Jeep Grand Cherokee With Fire Death Rate 20 Times Ford Explorer – 9/1/11