Crusade to corral fire-prone Jeeps drags on – 5/8/13

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.

By James R. Hood

When bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene to aid the victims and investigators began looking for the perpetrators. In a matter of days, one suspect was dead and another was in custody after a massive investigation and manhunt.

But things don’t always happen that quickly.

When a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended by a pick-up truck at a stop light in Winchester, Va., in 2011, police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene to aid the four occupants — Mark and Amanda Roe and their sons Caleb, 11, and Tyler, 4. The boys were killed by the impact. Their parents burned to death when the Jeep’s gas tank burst into flames.

The driver who rear-ended the Roe family got a ticket, but years later, not much else has happened.

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