Center for Auto Safety Asking for Jeep Cherokee Recall
The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, is asking Chrysler to recall five million Jeep Grand Cherokees, citing safety concerns. The group has several concerns about the safety of the vehicles, and believes the vehicles should be recalled until the problems can be fixed.
The most recent recall effort relates to the deaths of three children in recent years that occurred when the Jeeps in which they were riding were struck from the rear. According to the Center for Auto Safety, Jeep Grand Cherokees have two serious problems when struck from the rear. The first is a gas tank that's behind the rear axle and below the bumper. That problem was fixed in Cherokees in the 2005 and newer models. The second problem is a fuel filler pipe that can rip away from the tank in a rear end collision, which allows gas to spill from the tank.
The automaker responded to the advocacy group's complaints by stating that the vehicles are not defective and do not pose a risk to riders in rear impact collisions; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that tank failures and vehicle fires were more prevalent in Jeep Grand Cherokees than in other similar vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety has compiled a list of 157 deaths that occurred as a result of Jeep Grand Cherokee crashes that resulted in fires.
Automakers have a duty to make safe vehicles. It is also imperative that once automakers discover a safety problem with vehicles, they recall those vehicles for repairs to make the dangerous condition safe. Vehicle recalls can cost tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on the size of the recall. Therefore, many automakers will choose to ignore the safety problems or deny that they are an issue.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear end crash involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee, or in a crash involving any other unsafe vehicle, you may wish to obtain compensation from the automaker for your injuries. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. Our firm will strive to obtain you the compensation to which you are entitled.