The consumer advocacy group, the Center For Auto Safety is asking for the recall of five million Jeep Grand Cherokees. This is due children dying after rear end collisions.
the center cited the deaths of three children since 2006 in fires that occurred when the Jeeps in which they were riding were struck from the rear.
Their call to have these vehicles recalled stems from the fact that the vehicles in question have their gas tanks positioned in what engineers refer to as the "crush zone". Placement of the gas tank here, raises the risk of a fire in the event of a crash. The second issue is there is a pipe positioned in such a manner that in the event of a crash it too can rip away from the fuel tank creating a hazard for a fire.
almost a year ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its investigation of the center’s allegations were reason enough for the agency to upgrade its investigation to an engineering analysis.
The center says it has reports of 157 deaths in which Grand Cherokee crashes resulted in a fire. That tally includes rear impacts as well as rollovers in which the filler hose might have ripped loose, Clarence Ditlow, the center’s executive director, said in an interview. The safety agency listed 15 fire deaths, but Mr. Ditlow said it was strictly looking at rear-impact crashes. Read more here