NHTSA opts against a recall of Jeep Wranglers for fuel spillage

Since August 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defect Investigations has been looking into a large number of fuel spillage complaints relating to the 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler but the NHTSA has closed the investigations – citing that no recall is necessary.

The investigation of the 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler was based on a high number of complaints about fuel spill-back. In simpler terms, when you aren’t paying attention while filling up your 2007-2008 Wrangler and the tank reaches the “full” level, the gas quickly comes up the filler tube and out the opening – possibly getting on the person fueling the vehicle and down the side of the Wrangler. This can create a safety issue as the gas spills and in extensive cases of spillage, the gasoline can damage the paint.

The NHTSA launched their investigation on August 23rd, 2010 and after almost six months of tests by the Office of Defect Investigations there was no safety-related defects found pertaining to the fuel system of the 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler. The NHTSA recognizes the fact that 615 complaints about this issue was surprisingly high, but the government body believes that the complaints about this possible issue were spurred on more by internet discussions. In short, the NHTSA believes that internet enthusiast forums may have caused more Wrangler owners to believe that they are experiencing this issue and based on their findings, there is nothing wrong with the filler assembly. Also, considering the number of vehicles that could have been affected by this Jeep recall, 615 vehicles is a fairly low number.

Even though no action was required by the NHTSA, Chrysler has announced a lifetime warranty program for 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers built from March 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 to address the fuel spill-back issue. This free warranty program applies to roughly 135,000 vehicles and owners will be notified via mail.

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I would love to receive notice from Jeep about this. How do I obtain the warranty information?
I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited which spills every time I fill up and on pump with sensitive trip sensors will cause the pump to trip repeatedly everytime the pump reaches it constant flow rate. New CostCo pumps are the worst. My understanding is that it may relate to a bladder that is installed in newer vehicles inside the tank expanding and contracting. I know during the summer of 2011 Jeep sent out a notice about this problem but I can't find the email any longer.
NHSTA is a government organization. Chrysler is a government organization. Big surprise that one government organization sides with another against a flood of real problems. It's not just Wranglers, either. Other Chrysler models have the same problem.
This is a joke not right and not internet panic. My wife's 2008 Wrangler has been spilling gas for over a year now. Both my wife and I have been filling the Jeep at different gas stations and different pump types speeds and intervals and always spills. I pray there is never a fire or injury do to this none safety issue. This is a real national issue and I guess like everything else someone needs to die before it is a problem. There are more than 900 owner's nation wide that have taken the time to speak of this problem. We can't all be wrong but I guess the average is no concern of the NHTSA. I guess one law suite is better than one recall. I thought this branch of government was about safety not money?