Chrysler Group-NHTSA recall dispute now settled

Article by Anita Panait, on June 19, 2013

A row between Chrysler Group LLC and the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could now be considered over. This after Chrysler announced that following negotiations with the agency, the parties were able to reach an agreement to settle the dispute. The row refers to Chrysler’s refusal to heed NHTSA’s request to recall 2.7 million Jeep sports utility vehicles on safety concerns.

On June 3, 2013, NHTSA requested that Chrysler recall on remaining 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-07 Jeep Libertys that are tagged by the agency as having increased risk of fire from rear-end collisions. Chrysler said it has agreed to inspect older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs and to install a trailer hitch assembly, if necessary, to "better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts." As part of the agreement, Chrysler will not admit that the SUVs were defective.

Chrysler said in a statement, that it recognized that the matter has “raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps,” in coordination with NHTSA, to provide extra measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles. NHTSA officials commended Chrysler for agreeing to take steps to ensure safety of Jeep owners.

In a statement, NHTSA said that consumers affected by the recall and satisfaction campaign should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they are notified by Chrysler. The agency said it will continue its probe into this matter, pending a review of the documents provided by Chrysler in its recall action. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

Topics: chrysler, nhtsa

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