There have been recent reports of Jeep Fires and fatalities occurring in older Jeep models. Clarence Ditlow, head of the Center for Auto Safety, wrote a letter asking the government to reopen a previous investigation regarding the rear-end, low speed collisions. Since the 2013 recall and investigation led by US regulators, 11 more deaths have been documented.
Will Government Reopen Investigation on Jeep Fires ?
The fix-- installing a trailer hitch to protect the plastic gas tanks-- hasn't proven to be overwhelmingly effective, as evidenced by the increasing number of fatalities since then. Ditlow cites 19 fatal fire deaths he found in a database maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bringing the total number of people who died in Jeep fires up to 86-- a staggering number-- considering the Jeep recall for this and other issues
. The models most affected by this issue are the 2002 to 2007 Libertys and 1993-1998 Grand Cherokees. FCA, having been reprimanded previously
for reacting slowly to recalls, claims that the vehicles are every bit as safe as comparable SUVs from the same time-frame, and have been quoted saying "These are tragic accidents caused by factors such as excessive speed and driver distraction." A spokesperson for the NHTSA said that they just saw the letter, and it's too soon to comment. The FCA is currently offering trade in offers for the vehicles in question, but it's too soon to tell if the government will step in a reopen the investigation. Is yours one of the vehicles being recalled as a result of the Jeep fires? What do you think FCA should do about this?