Chrysler recalls 1.56 million JeepsWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrysler has recalled 1.56 million of 2.7 million older model Jeeps in a voluntary safety recall campaign.
The 1.56 million vehicles recalled are 1993-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty SUVs, according to a June 18 post on the Chrysler Blog by Gualberto Ranieri.
As part of the recall, all vehicles are set to be inspected in a Chrysler facility. If they do not have a trailer hitch, one will be attached. If an attached aftermarket trailer hitch is deemed inadequate, it will be replaced by a satisfactory trailer hitch.
Vehicles with factory and Mopar trailer hitches will still undergo inspection, but further action will not likely be required.
The inspections and changes made to the vehicles will be free of charge to the customer.
The recall excludes 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees. However, these vehicles will be part of a customer service action. Customers with 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees with trailer hitches will be asked by Chrysler to bring their vehicles in to the factory for an inspection and, if necessary, a replacement. If the vehicle has no trailer hitch, an inspection is not necessary. All inspections will be free of charge to the customer. Chrysler has stated that there is no safety implication for the customer service action.
The recall comes at the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request for Chrysler to recall 2.7 million vehicles. The NHTSA contends that the recalled Jeeps are at risk for catching fire in low-speed rear-end collisions.
However, Chrysler maintains the position that there is no defect with many of the vehicles. They have stated that all vehicles in question have met or exceeded federal safety standards. The company has emphasized that the recall and the customer service action are designed to provide incremental protection for low-speed crashes, it announced in a June 18 news release.