Drive a Jeep? Find out if it’s been recalled HERE.
If you drive a Jeep, you may not have heard of the recall of certain model year Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberties.
Back in 2013, the NHTSA expressed concern about the fuel system design. The fuel tank had been mounted between the rear bumper and rear axl. The NHTSA was concerned that this would result in an otherwise avoidable risk of explosion. In 2013, Jeep vehicles were recalled.
You can read a little more about the 2013 recall HERE.
Recalls are complicated. We can’t possibly cover all of the nuances of what happened and why.
We can tell you why it’s back in the news. (If you’re curious or want to dig deeper, here’s a link to the testimony from the public recall hearing.)
After a recall, it’s normal for a manufacturer to be the subject of increased scrutiny. When a child acts out in a classroom, a teacher tends to pay a little more attention to that child. The same thing can be said of the NHTSA and Fiat.
In 2014, Fiat recalls 661,888 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles for? Fire hazards.
We wrote about a Denver Area Dodge Durango Crash HERE.
The company must have realized that one of the vanity lamp lights could quite easily short out. If that were to happen, the flammable material surrounding the light could catch fire.
Fiat designed a new wiring guide cover that should have reduced the risk. The NHTSA however, began to receive reports that the fix had not solved the problem. This report notes eight fires that should have been prevented.
The NHTSA is looking at this and two additional instances where Fiat may have performed substandard recalls. That’s why the Jeep Recall is in the news again.