Fiat Chrysler has come under fire by consumer advocates for not working hard enough to resolve the deadly issues the manufacturer has had with the fuel tanks in their Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs.
Two years ago, the company issued a recall for approximately three million vehicles because of the defective design. Up until that point, the automaker refused to admit there was a problem – despite the deaths of over 50 victims who were killed when the Jeeps they were in were hit from behind, causing explosive crashes. When the vehicles were designed, the fuel tanks were placed behind the rear axle of the car.
Chrysler refused to admit there was a problem, even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating these fatal crashes in 2010. Finally, in June 2013, the company admitted there was a defect and the recall began with Jeeps manufactured between 1993 and 2007 recalled.
But two years later, Fiat Chrysler is being accused of having a low repair rate of the deadly design, with a very small percentage rate of the tanks repaired. And safety advocates say that the company’s solution – installing a tow hitch to the bumper of the Jeep – does not even come close to fixing the problem. In fact, in a deposition in one of the many lawsuits which have been filed against the company, one Chrysler engineer came right out and said that a tow hitch does not protect the fuel tank.As a result, drivers and passengers of Jeeps continue to be put into serious danger and Fiat Chrysler turns its attention to quietly settling wrongful death lawsuits instead of repairing the deadly vehicles. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a vehicle defect, contact an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse your family may have against the m