Chrysler recently told federal regulators that they have been unable to notify about one-third of the owners of Jeeps that were recalled because of a dangerous defect with their gas tanks. A report Chrysler filed shows that of the 1.56 million Jeeps that were recalled, 320,000 have been fixed or inspected. Roughly 500,000 owners were not able to be reached.
Currently, federal regulators are considering whether to reopen an investigation into the recalled Jeeps. The issue with the vehicles is a gas tank that is placed at the back of the vehicle where they are more likely to explode in a rear-end crash. Jeep has settled a number of lawsuits brought by victims of Jeep fires. The company finally went to trial last month in Georgia on a case involving the death of a 4 year old boy who was a passenger in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it caught fire in an accident in 2012. The jury awarded the family $150 million in that case. Chrysler has vowed to appeal.
Regulators had linked 56 deaths to the rear-mounted gas tanks when they closed their investigation two years ago. Since the investigation was closed, several more fatal fires have occurred in Jeeps. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may try to reopen the investigation and issue a new recall.
Even when manufacturers issue a recall and make an effort to find their defective products, the repairs can take years to complete. Owners often do not hear about the recalls or aren’t concerned about the defect. However, recalls aren’t usually issued unless there’s a serious problem. If your vehicle has been recalled, you should get it repaired immediately.
If you have been injured because of a vehicle defect, you have legal rights. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on YouTube to learn more about our firm. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call to learn more.