Last week, we brought you word of a recall denial by Chrysler that could have had wide-ranging ramifications if they continued on that course of action. However, we will never find out what could have been, as the automaker has agreed to issue a recall at the last minute.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while intent on continuing their probe of the affected vehicles, nevertheless applauded Chrysler’s decision to put safety first. Now, owners should await a recall notice from Chrysler and bring their automobiles in to a dealer when it comes.
The recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokees of the 1993 to 2004 model years and Liberty vehicles of the 2002 through 2007 model years, although it should be noted that not all of the 2.7 million automobiles will necessarily receive repairs. The 1.2 million 1998 through 2004 Cherokees will be inspected in order to determine if they contain an after-market hitch. If so, a factory hitch will be put in its place. If not, no hitch will be provided.
The owners of all remaining vehicles can expect to receive that same factory hitch, the thought being that it will provide additional protection during rear-end crashes that could prompt a fire. This is somewhat contrary to the hopes of the Center for Auto Safety, which had asked for a steel plate to be installed as protection for the gas tank.