The Center for Auto Safety has requested a recall of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In a letter sent to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last month, the Center for Auto Safety released a comprehensive analysis of fires in 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees showing that the Grand Cherokee with the fuel tank behind the rear axle had a fire death rate 20 times higher than the Ford Explorer with a fuel tank in front of the rear axle. The analysis revealed how Chrysler’s own crash tests disclosed the deadly design details including a fuel filler hose that pulled loose.
Crash tests at FHWA and KARCO Engineering have confirmed that survivable rear impacts produced massive fuel leaks which would result in fires. The 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was designed by the old Chrysler Corporation. The fuel tank was relocated in 2005 by DaimlerChrysler. The design problem has and will continue to claim a terrible toll of burn victims. The CEO of the new Chrysler Group LLC has repeatedly spoken out about the social responsibility of leaders not to close their eyes to problems but to find solutions. The Center for Auto Safety and the families of victims have called on this CEO to recall all 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
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