More than 1,600 Jeeps recalled due to fuel tank issue

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The Chrysler Group Limited Liability Company has announced a voluntary recall for 1,689 of its Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass sport utility vehicles due to a potentially defective fuel tank assembly. The affected vehicles were manufactured between December 17, 2011, and January 2, 2012 and bear a 2012 model year designation.  The vehicles affected by this recall may have been assembled with a damaged roll over valve in the fuel tank. If a vehicle with an inadequate roll over valve is involved in a collision or roll over incident, the vehicle could leak fuel, increasing the danger of a fire hazard.  Chrysler is expected to begin notifying owners affected by this recall in June of 2012. The automaker will refer owners to licensed Jeep dealerships, which will replace any defective roll over valves at no cost to the consumer. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the manufacturer and reference Chrysler recall number M11 or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference NHTSA Campaign ID Number 12V142000.

As a San Francisco car accident lawyer, it is my heartfelt hope that this recall is carried out quickly and effectively to reduce the risk that this potential malfunction will cause anyone harm. If you have been injured in an auto collision linked to a defective auto part, please consider hiring the services of a San Francisco personal injury attorney.