Eighteen Months after Jeep Recall, Drivers Still Dying in Gas Tank Fires

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Eighteen months ago, Chrysler recalled 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys and 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees. These vehicles were found to catch on fire after being involved in rear-end collisions. Regulators have identified 56 deaths in 38 crashes involving these vehicles, which were found to relate to the fuel tank. 

In 2013, the CEO of Chrysler agreed to install a trailer hitch to protect the fuel tank on the affected vehicles. However, the recall has been occurring very, very slowly. Chrysler has so far only repaired three percent of the 1.56 million recalled vehicles. That is the lowest rate of any recall of over one million vehicles in the past five years.

According to Chrysler, it is moving as quickly as possible, but says that it is hard to find the drivers of vehicles that are between seven and 20 years old, and have often been sold to second or third owners. Chrysler has agreed to intensify their efforts to recall more vehicles.

Since the Jeeps were recalled, at least six people have died in five crashes, including a pregnant woman. The pregnant woman was driving to work in November in Michigan and she was rear-ended. Her vehicle burst into flames and she died at the scene. Another man was killed two days before in Virginia when a truck rear-ended his Jeep while it was stalled. Both crashes remain under investigation.

 

If you are the owner of a vehicle that has been recalled, it's critical that you take it in for repairs right away. If you have been in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, call the product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. Our knowledgeable and caring attorney can help you make a claim for your injuries. You will not pay any fee until we obtain a recovery for you. Call us at 713-489-9493 or visit us on LinkedIn.

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