Chrysler Agrees to Recall 1.56 Million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberty SUVs
Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it would inspect and upgrade approximately 1.56 million older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys, ending a tense standoff between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the latter of which had claimed that the affected models are defective vehicles that pose a potentially deadly fire risk in rear-end collisions.
The Chrysler recall includes about 1.56 million 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs. In a late compromise with the NHTSA, the recall excludes more than 1 million Grand Cherokees from the 1999-2004 model years.
Chrysler insists the recall is voluntary and that the company’s own data shows no flaws in the vehicles singled out by the NHTSA’s three-year investigation. In its initial recall request to Chrysler, the NHTSA cited numerous accidents involving late-model Grand Cherokees and Libertys that triggered fires resulting in a total of 51 deaths.
Earlier this month, Chrysler also recalled more than 600,000 Jeep SUVs due to transmission and passenger-restraint problems.