January 2015 marked a year and a half for the Jeep recall. These recalls addressed the defective gas tanks; yet, drivers are still being killed in accidents with these defective vehicles. Shouldn’t a recall rectify the situation and avoid deadly accidents?
The cause of these deaths is due to the fact that Jeep has not repaired the vehicles on the recalled 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models and their 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
Vehicles were recalled in June of 2013 when it was discovered that Jeep models with rear-mounted gas tanks could explode or burst into flames when rear ended. A team of federal investigators determined that those rear-mounted gas tanks were punctured too easily, but the maker of the vehicle denied that there was any problem; therefore, they refused to issue a recall.
After a little back and forth, Jeep finally agreed to recall vehicles and install a trailer hitch to reduce the chances of a rear impact crash destroying the gas tank. According to NHTSA, over 2.7 million vehicles were requested, but only 1.5 million were actually recalled by the manufacturer.
The Death Toll
Jeeps have caused at least 62 deaths and six of those have occurred after the recall was issued. These vehicles were not repaired, and according to Chrysler, they have only fixed three percent of the 1.5 million vehicles that were recalled.
Chrysler claims the issue is that they cannot find the owners of these vehicles. Chrysler also claimed they did not have enough parts to repair all of the vehicles or finish the recall; instead, they stated it would take two to five years to complete all vehicle repairs.
Chrysler Dealerships Turning Away Jeep Owners?
While Chrysler claims they made a solid effort to find owners, there have been recent reports in the news that owners who took their vehicles in for recall repairs were turned away, saying they did not need it. The lack of communication between the manufacturer and their dealerships is negligent enough.