1.56 million older-model Jeeps were recalled by Fiat Chrysler in June 2013 to fix the dangers associated with a rear-mounted gas tank, but to date, only 12% of the Jeeps have been repaired. Hundreds of complaints that Chrysler dealers were unable to make the requested repair in a timely manner has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the Center for Auto Safety, at least six people have died in Jeep fires since the recall was announced. In all, over 70 people have been killed in fires associated with the recalled vehicles.
Chrysler originally fought the recall, reducing the originally planned 2.7 million vehicle recall to 1.56 million vehicles. The problem with the Jeep surfaced as early as 2003. The rear-mounted, plastic gas tank can be easily punctured, spilling fuel and posing a risk of fire if rear-ended, even at lower speeds. The current fix for the Jeep is to install a trailer hitch, putting an extra layer of protection in the event of a rear-end collision. Even with the repair, Jeeps may still be susceptible to gas tank fires in crashes exceeding 40 miles per hour.
On average, Chrysler will complete 78% of recall repairs in an 18 month period. Due to the age of the vehicles and scarcity of parts, 1.3 million older-model Jeep vehicles are still at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine if your injuries are in part the result of a third-party product defect.