Return of the Sudden Acceleration Issue

Date 2007/10/24 8:34:49 | Topic: Grand Cherokee

Just when you thought we had forgotten about all the lawsuits and bickering about the Grand Cherokee's alleged "sudden acceleration" issue, ConsumerAffairs.com comes along and reminds us what a long strange trip it's been.

In case you don't remember what I'm talking about, a little over a year ago, car wash owners were in a tizzy about a potential issue sudden acceleration from Jeep Grand Cherokees. Several documented cases of the issue were reported, but in the end, neither Chrysler nor the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), admitted that it was a mechanical issue, but likely due to "driver error".

The ConsumerAffairs.com article alleges that the problems continue and the NHTSA nor Chrysler have budged on their stance:
ConsumerAffairs.Com has received reports of unintended acceleration in the Grand Cherokee since at least 2000 and continues to receive similar complaints from consumers driving Jeep vehicles.

NHTSA, the federal agency in charge of vehicle safety, reports one petition from Elaine Ziegler in Coatsville, Pennsylvania to recall a 2006 Jeep Commander for sudden acceleration but the petition was denied on January 3, 2007.

The complaint involved unintended acceleration with Ziegler's Jeep Commander causing an accident that killed a person in Delaware in December 2005, according to NHTSA documents.

The article goes on to discuss several other incidents.

If you or someone you know has witnessed this, let us know via the contact form or by posting a comment.


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