Chrysler Speeds Up Repairs for Recalled Jeep SUVs | Edmunds

Chrysler Speeds Up Repairs for Recalled Jeep SUVs


Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler will be able to produce enough parts to speed up a recall of 1.56 million Jeep vehicles for the risk of fires in fuel tanks, the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • The recall began last June and includes the 1992-'98 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-'07 Jeep Liberty.
  • NHTSA said earlier it would take Chrysler "at least 4.7 years and 2.06 years respectively to produce" the required number of parts, but Chrysler now says it can complete the recall by March 21, 2015.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan Chrysler will be able to produce enough parts to speed up a recall of 1.56 million Jeep vehicles for the risk of fires in fuel tanks, the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday.

The recall began last June and includes the 1992-'98 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-'07 Jeep Liberty.

NHTSA said earlier it would take Chrysler "at least 4.7 years and 2.06 years respectively to produce" the required number of parts, but Chrysler now says it can complete the recall by March 21, 2015.

The affected vehicles were recalled for fire risk due to ruptured gas tanks following rear-end crashes. The solution to the problem is to install a trailer hitch that stiffens the rear structure of the vehicles.

Bowing to pressure from federal safety regulators, Chrysler said it "undertook a review of the capabilities of its hitch supplier, Northern Stamping Inc., as well as the capabilities of competitor suppliers, to determine whether the pace of hitch production could be increased."

Based on that review, Chrysler now says "there is production capacity available to build Chrysler's estimated need of hitches by March 21, 2015."

The automaker added: "Chrysler anticipates having enough hitch assemblies in stock, between dealer inventory and storage facilities, to complete the estimated recall completion quantity for the Jeep Liberty campaign on February 19, 2015 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee campaign on March 21, 2015."

Accounting for vehicle attrition and recall participation rates, the automaker estimated 268,772 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 579,455 Jeep Liberty hitch assemblies will be installed.

Edmunds says: Chrysler told federal safety regulators its plan "is to meet owner demand for the remedy promptly after the owner requests it." That should be reassuring news to consumers waiting for their owner notification mailing in this high-profile recall.

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