2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

NHTSA Incredibly OKs Chrysler's Refusal of Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

Back in July 2013, the Chrysler Group publicly refused to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs as instructed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and after 6 months of discussion – the federal government has accepted the Chrysler Group’s refusal to recall those vehicles.

Before you get to thinking “the Chrysler Group is refusing to recall dangerous vehicles” we should offer some background on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty recall which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued and the Chrysler Group refused. The NHTSA issued the order to Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep models from the 1993 through 2007 model years after a lengthy investigation into a concern that these vehicles were prone to fire in the event of a specific type of impact. Chrysler was quick to point out that those vehicles included in the NHTSA mandated recall met or exceeded all government safety standards and that these vehicles were no more prone to fires than any other vehicle from that era with a similar fuel tank setup – of which there were quite a few.

A few weeks after that initial refusal of the NHTSA ordered recall of the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Liberty, the Chrysler Group had a slight change of tune as they issued a new statement that they would recall those vehicles to address the NHTSA concerns while still maintaining that there was no flaw with the design or components of those affected Jeep SUVs. However, the Chrysler Group was technically issuing a different recall for the same problem and their take on things only saw about 1.56 million of those initial 2.7 million Jeeps recalled. At first, the NHTSA was at odds with the Chrysler Group over their refusing the original recall order and taking their own approach but now that months of discussions have taken place – the US federal government has approved Chrysler’s approach to the perceived fuel tank problem.

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Notwithstanding Chrysler's contention that there is no design problem, there is no defense for the inability for yet another useless federal agency to enforce it's mission. A recall was stipulated, the OEM agreed to a problem mitigation, the agency approved and now 6 months later, there has been no action. This in itself should result in NHTSA officials being be hauled in front of a congressional inquiry and held accountable for their lack of performance. Just like at the VA, the NSA, the State Department and others that are not yet revealed, there are people at the top who need to be held accountable. There are high level career managers who should lose their jobs. It's time to clean house in Washington, TOP to BOTTOM and LEFT to RIGHT. The US Government is abjectly broken because 1) there is too much of it, 2) politics without accountability is the rule, 3) legislators have a right to hold lifetime office so long as they can be re-elected mostly on irrelevant campaign rhetoric and mudslinging, 4) there is a revolving door between government agencies and industry, and 5) because the bribe money that has been injected into the legislative and enforcement process has corrupted the system.

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