Center For Auto Safety Requests GC Recall, Chrysler Responds

Date 2009/10/8 11:01:30 | Topic: Grand Cherokee

The Center for Auto Safety recently created a petition in an attempt to persuade the NHTSA to recall 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees because of a potential fuel tank fire danger.

The New York Times reports that the Center for Auto Safety found:
172 fatal fire crashes resulting in 254 deaths between 1992, when the Grand Cherokee was introduced, and 2008. He said that included 44 crashes that resulted in 64 deaths in which investigators said the “most harmful event” causing the deaths was fire.

Chrysler quickly responded by issuing the following statement:
The petition filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by the Center for Automotive Safety presents a simplistic, unsubstantiated review of raw accident data. Indeed, its conclusions are flawed as they are based solely on a database that does not discriminate the cause or origin of a fire. Nor does it contain accurate critical real world accident data that takes into account significant factors that influence crash outcomes, such as the speed of a rear impact and the weight of the vehicles involved. The petition's conclusions and comparisons are, therefore, invalid and their use to draw alarming conclusions about a product with an excellent safety record is misguided and irresponsible.

Statistically, rear impacts that result in serious injury are rare occurrences. Chrysler Group is confident that a proper study which considered all factors in all collisions including rear collisions with fire would show that the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees perform as well as or better than other vehicles in their class.

The 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and, as noted, has an excellent safety record. There are many millions of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees on the road whose owners and families continue to enjoy tens of millions of miles and hours of safe vehicle operation each year.

While Chrysler Group designs vehicles to protect the greatest number of motorists in the greatest number of accidents, unfortunately accidents do occur, can be dangerous and, sadly, can sometimes cause injuries and even deaths.

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