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Unread 07-09-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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News about WJ Gas Tank Recall/Trailer Hitch Install

http://www.thecarconnection.com/news...ee-liberty-fix

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A lot has happened in the past year. GM recalled millions of automobiles. Americans became interested in soccer (briefly). And grandmothers from coast to coast learned about the New Orleans bounce music phenomenon known as twerking.

But you know what hasn't happened? The repairing of several million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles that were recalled in June of 2013 (much to Chrysler's chagrin).

We marked the one-year anniversary of that recall with an update on the situation, noting Chrysler's plans to begin repairing vehicles in August. Now, according to Auto News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is wondering why it's taken 14 months to begin inspecting vehicles and installing trailer hitches on those that need them.

A QUICK RECAP

The 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty were recalled because NHTSA had concerns about their gas tanks. Those tanks are located behind the rear axle, which makes them more susceptible to damage during rear-end collisions. If the damage is severe enough, gas can leak from the tank, creating a fire hazard. To date, NHTSA has attributed at least 49 deaths and many, many injuries to such fires.

Chrysler said that, even though leakage from gas tanks caused those fires, the design of the Grand Cherokee and the Liberty didn't constitute a design flaw. Insisting that such fires were very rare, Chrysler initially refused NHTSA's request to recall the 2.7 million Jeep vehicles.

That didn't sit well with NHTSA -- or consumers, for that matter. Within weeks, public opinion of Chrysler and Jeep tumbled, and right on cue, Chrysler agreed to the recall.

But that wasn't the end of the story. Short of offering consumers completely new vehicles -- which obviously wasn't an option for Chrysler -- there was no way to "fix" the placement of the gas tank on the Grand Cherokee and the Liberty. Eventually, Chrysler landed on a solution that involved putting trailer hitches on vehicles, which can shield the gas tank during low- and mid-speed collisions.

It was an unusual suggestion, but arguably the only viable one. In January of this year, NHTSA approved it.

TODAY'S ACCUSATIONS

Now, NHTSA has expressed concerns about the length of time that it's taken Chrysler to begin these repairs. The agency is also worried about the speed at which repair parts are being manufactured.

As for the former, NHTSA blames Chrysler for not picking a supplier for the trailer hitches until December 2013 and for not submitting an order to the supplier until late January 2014.

As for the latter, NHTSA points out that, given the supplier's current rate of production, it'll take the company more than two years to manufacture enough hitches to fix all the Liberty models on the recall list, and more than four years to repair every Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In response, Chrysler has acknowledged that production of the hitches is a challenge. The automaker has enlisted multiple suppliers, who are working six days a week to create enough parts for the fix.

OUR TAKE

From where we sit, both NHTSA and Chrysler bear some responsibility for the delay.

Obviously, Chrysler wasn't going to submit an order for hitches until NHTSA reviewed and approved the proposed repair. It doesn't appear that anyone at NHTSA purposely held up that review, but the agency's bureaucratic process certainly didn't help to expedite matters, either.

Chrysler, however, should also understand that there are a couple of million Jeep owners in America who are eager to have their vehicle's upgraded. Sure, those motorists could run out an buy a trailer hitch themselves, but (a) most don't feel they should pay for something that's Chrysler's fault, and (b) there's no guarantee that the hitch a consumer might buy would meed the safety standards Chrysler has established. (It appears that some aftermarket hitches will work just fine, while others won't.)

Chrysler's initial reluctance to take on the recall doesn't paint it in a particularly sympathetic light. It would be easy for some consumers to see the delay as an example of Chrysler taking its good sweet time to do something it never wanted to do in the first place.

However, there's no evidence that that's the case. Ultimately, this may come down to an issue of scope, and Chrysler is right to point out that its need for parts far exceeds what it might normally require. Let's just hope Chrysler's suppliers stay on track for August repairs.

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Unread 07-09-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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Oh look, another thread about something that doesn't pertain to WJ's being posted in the WJ section.
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Oh look, another thread about something that doesn't pertain to WJ's being posted in the WJ section.
It mentions -2004 JGC. 99-04 JGC are wj's. ??
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Unread 07-09-2014, 09:48 AM   #4
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It mentions -2004 JGC. 99-04 JGC are wj's. ??
It only mentions that they were recalled, which in fact they were. However several months after the initial recall, when NHTSA and Chrysler came to terms, they agreed that the '99-'04 WJ's would only get an inspection performed to look for faulty OEM or aftermarket hitches. Chrysler would, at the owner's expense, replace the faulty hitches with a new one if they opted to do so.

ZJ's are the only Grand Cherokees that are getting hitches installed and/or replaced for free.

It's a pretty clear cut situation, until some jack wagon comes along and posts poorly written articles that don't fully explain the terms of the recall either due to lazy journalism or personal agenda.
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It only mentions that they were recalled, which in fact they were. However several months after the initial recall, when NHTSA and Chrysler came to terms, they agreed that the '99-'04 WJ's would only get an inspection performed to look for faulty OEM or aftermarket hitches. Chrysler would, at the owner's expense, replace the faulty hitches with a new one if they opted to do so.

ZJ's are the only Grand Cherokees that are getting hitches installed and/or replaced for free.

It's a pretty clear cut situation, until some jack wagon comes along and posts poorly written articles that don't fully explain the terms of the recall either due to lazy journalism or personal agenda.
Ah. Makes no never mind to me. Just picked up an oem hitch and the wiring harness for $50. Once the bezel comes in () I'll install everything.
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the '99-'04 WJ's would only get an inspection performed to look for faulty OEM or aftermarket hitches. Chrysler would, at the owner's expense, replace the faulty hitches with a new one if they opted to do so.
From NHTSA's website:

For 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees, Chrysler has indicated that it will conduct a customer satisfaction campaign. Chrysler will contact owners and offer to inspect vehicles in this group if equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, and if necessary, replace free of charge any hitches that show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks from the tow hitch or mounting hardware.
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From NHTSA's website:

For 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees, Chrysler has indicated that it will conduct a customer satisfaction campaign. Chrysler will contact owners and offer to inspect vehicles in this group if equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, and if necessary, replace free of charge any hitches that show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks from the tow hitch or mounting hardware.
What? Jeeples does not know it all?
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well, i finally got the airbag recall done on mine, and id love a free OEM trailer hitch mounted to my jeep, better ground clearance for me but if not, oh well
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From NHTSA's website:

For 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees, Chrysler has indicated that it will conduct a customer satisfaction campaign. Chrysler will contact owners and offer to inspect vehicles in this group if equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, and if necessary, replace free of charge any hitches that show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks from the tow hitch or mounting hardware.
Ah, however the article posted stated that all affected vehicles will be getting a trailer hitch installed. Which, by your post certainly is not the case.

Besides that, NHTSA only says that they will replace free of charge, that doesn't necessarily mean that the hitch itself will be free. Just like all the 'free cruise' drawings you see at the malls, sure the cruise may be free, but travel to get there won't be.

I would find it odd that Chrysler would reward owners that installed subpar quality hitches with a brand new one free and clear, while owners that declined to install an aftermarket or Mopar hitch get shafted.

At this point its all conjecture anyway, since no one with a WJ has had an inspection or replacement done.

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