Recall Demanded for Jeep Grand Cherokees

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

 

Jeep Liberty Recall Expanded

The recall for the Jeep Liberty was just expanded to cover nearly 350,000 vehicles. According to NHTSA

the lower control arms in Liberty’s rear suspension can experience excess corrosion that can cause them to weaken and break. In such a situation that could lead to a loss of control and a possible crash, NHTSA warns. (Read more)

 

Vehicle Recalls

Below are a few  safety defect and non compliance notices received in the month of May 2008. The entire report may be accessed here.
False Park:
    GM IS RECALLING 26 MY 2008 SATURN VUE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 6T70 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE TRANSMISSION CASE SIDE BORE THAT HOLDS THE PARK PAWL PIVOT PIN MAY HAVE A CASTING POROSITY. THIS CONDITION, COUPLED WITH NORMAL OPERATING STRESSES, COULD LEAD TO FAILURE, ELIMINATING THE ABILITY TO SECURE THE TRANSMISSION IN 'PARK' POSITION.

Brake Failure:
   
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 1,585 MY 2007-2008 JEEP WRANGLER, RIGHT HAND DRIVE ONLY, VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE INSUFFICIENT CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE STEERING INTERMEDIATE SHAFT AND REAR BRAKE TUBES. Consequence:
 PROLONGED BRAKE TUBE CONTACT COULD WEAR A HOLE IN THE TUBE AND CAUSE A PARTIAL BRAKE SYSTEM LOSS. THIS COULD CAUSE A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.


Engine Bolt:
VOLVO IS RECALLING 102 MY 2008 XC90 AND S80 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH V8 ENGINES. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH INCORRECT BOLTS TO THE ENGINE MOUNT.Consequence:
 THE ALUMINUM BRACKET FOR THE ENGINE MOUNT COULD BREAK DUE TO LACK OF ADEQUATE CLAMPING FORCE. THIS COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO COME IN CONTACT WITH THE SUB-FRAME, ULTIMATELY RESULTING IN A REDUCED ENGINE TORQUE OR STALLING OF THE ENGINE WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

These are just a few examples of the  vehicle recalls  in the month  of May,  there  were many more.we  encourage you to read the entire report.