Ditlow said he is cautiously optimistic that the solution will make the Jeeps safer.
also said NHTSA left some similar vehicles out of its investigation.
About 1.2 million Grand Cherokees from the 1999 to 2004 model years will be part of the service action. Owners will get notices saying their vehicles are fine if they have factory or Chrysler trailer hitches. Dealers will inspect other trailer hitches to make sure they secure. But if the Jeeps don have trailer hitches, Chrysler won do anything, maintaining that the Jeeps are safe and do not need any changes. A Chrysler spokesman was not sure how many of the SUVs are without trailer hitches.
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Here how the recall will work, according to Chrysler:
In a letter to Chrysler dated June 3, NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation told the company all of the Jeeps should be recalled. defects present an unreasonable risk to motor vehicles, the letter said, people have burned to death in rear impact crashes. view of Chrysler refusal to recall 1999 04 Grand Cherokees, we call on NHTSA to move to an initial determination of a defect in order to force their recall as well, Clarence Ditlow, the centre director, said in a statement late Tuesday.
have some very smart people at Chrysler and probably looked into a crystal ball and didn think this would end the way they wanted it to, Kelly said.
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In a statement on June 4, Chrysler said its review of nearly 30 years of data showed a low number of rear impact crashes involving fire or a fuel leak in the affected Jeeps.
Yet the deal still leaves some Jeep owners with gas tanks that NHTSA just two weeks ago said were risky. Chrysler maintains that they are safe and need no repairs.
Earlier this month, the automaker publicly refused the government request to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. agency that monitors vehicle safety, contends the Jeep gas tanks can rupture if hit from the rear, spilling gas and causing a fire. NHTSA said a three year investigation showed 51 people had died in fiery crashes in Jeeps with gas tanks positioned behind the rear axle.
Chrysler image will still get dinged a little it looks as if they have done the right thing only because they were forced to, he said.
The company will recall 1.56 million Libertys from 2002 through 2007 and Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 1998. If they don have factory or Chrysler trailer hitches, dealers will install them. The heavy metal hitches bolt to the frame and help bolster protection for the gas tank.
He urged Chrysler to add Jeep Cherokee SUVs from 1993 through 2001 to the recall. The Cherokees are under investigation for the same problem.
happened is they get surprised by how loud the hue and cry is, Gordon said.
But the recall, which came in an 11th hour deal between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers only 1.56 million of the 2.7 million Jeeps that the government wanted repaired. The rest are part of a service action and many may not get fixed.
An agency spokeswoman said Tuesday evening that she was checking into details of the recall.
FILE In this Feb. 2, 2001 file photo, rows of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokees are lined up outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. Chrysler says it has resolved its differences with the government and will recall older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire. In early June 2013, the company refused the government request to recall the Jeeps. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contended that Nike Air Max 95 Prm
Erik Gordon, a law and marketing professor at the University of Michigan, said Chrysler realized it was headed for a public relations disaster and decided to reverse course.
Ditlow also said NHTSA should test the trailer hitches to make sure they protect the gas tanks.
Chrysler will begin notifying owners about the recall in about a month, the company said.
About 180,000 of the recalled vehicles are in Canada, the company said. government pressure, Chrysler sidesteps a showdown with NHTSA that could have led to public hearings with witnesses providing details of deadly Air Max Shoes Red And Black crashes. The dispute could have landed in court and hurt Chrysler image and its finances.
the gas tanks could rupture if hit from the rear, causing fires. NHTSA said 51 people had died in fiery crashes. federal regulators, Chrysler abruptly agreed Tuesday to recall some older model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear end collisions a decision that will also affect some Canadian Jeep owners.
But NHTSA found at least 32 rear impact crashes and fires in Grand Cherokees that caused 44 deaths. It also found at least five rear crashes in Libertys that caused seven deaths. The agency calculated that the older Grand Cherokees and Libertys have fatal crash rates that are about double those of similar vehicles. It compared the Jeeps with the Chevrolet S10 Blazer, Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner, Isuzu Rodeo, Isuzu Trooper, Mitsubishi Montero, Suzuki Sidekick and Suzuki XL 7.
NHTSA said in a statement that it pleased with Chrysler decision. The agency plans to keep investigating the issue as it reviews recall documentation from Chrysler.
Chrysler Group LLC, which is majority owned by Fiat SpA of Italy, wouldn say how much the hitches would cost, although they sell for about $200 each on websites.
Chrysler had until Tuesday to formally respond to NHTSA, but the deal made the response unnecessary.
Chrysler executives probably realized their chance for success was slim because courts have given wide latitude to government regulatory agencies, said David Kelly, former acting NHTSA administrator under President George W. Bush.
The last time an automaker defied a NHTSA recall request was early in 2011, when Ford refused to call back 1.2 million pickup trucks for defective air bags. Ford later agreed to the recall after NHTSA threatened to hold a rare public hearing on the issue.
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