Chrysler urged to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees due to fire risk

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is requesting that Chrysler Group recall more than two million Jeep Grand Cherokees because they say that even in a low speed crash, the Jeep’s fuel tank could rupture because it is unshielded and located behind the rear axle.

According to CAS, there have been upwards of 172 crashes in which there were was a fire with resulting death to 269 people. In addition, there have been many burn injuries.

The fuel tank in these Cherokees is made of plastic and can get punctured in an accident and the fuel filler hose can also separate from the tank says CAS.

Chrysler condemns the finding by CAS and says that CAS had a “simplistic, unsubstantiated review of raw accident data.”

In the late 1970’s, Ford recalled the Pinto after a controversy about the safety of its fuel tank after Ralph Nader and CAS said that it was “Unsafe at any speed.”

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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