NHTSA criticizes Chrysler’s Jeep recall procedures
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Chrysler garnered further criticism over its Jeep recall procedures when a second warning was issued by the NHTSA after a pregnant 23-year-old was killed in an accident caused by the defect, The New York Times reported on November 21.
Liberty model years 2002-2007 and Grand Cherokees 1993-1998 were among the 1.6 million vehicles recalled for heightened risk of fires in rear-end collisions, due to the placement of the gas tank behind the rear axle. Kayla White’s wreck was the most recent of 51 total fatal accidents related to this defect.
NHTSA deputy administrator David Friedman admonished the company, citing reports that claim Chrysler dealerships have turned many Jeep owners away due to lack of parts. Allegedly, some dealerships even told customers that no changes were needed. The same day, Chrysler issued a statement re-asserting their commitment to the recall by assuring additional efforts to reach affected customers and ensure fully stocked dealerships.
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