I for one do not feel that they are unsafe. I think if you look at the facts they seem to be inline with other vehicles with rear mounted tanks from what I have seen. With that said I can't believe how people just bury their heads in the sand. People on this forum just cannot accept that their is a recall weather it is right or wrong. When the letter comes in the mail I suppose they will just cover their eyes and tear it up before they can read it saying this isn't happening all the time.
As I said before, I am not trying to be a jerk. I am looking for the most up to date official information. I am not burying my head in the sand. I feel the vehicles are safe and I'm not concerned about the safety. I am following closely and keeping up to date so I can keep an eye on what it will do for value and resale ability. I also follows almost all recalls from auto manufacturers to keep informed. I do not like media and unofficial reports on these issues as they are usually blown out of proportion and don't tell the true story.
It bothers me when companies (in some cases) are branded as producing unsafe and defective vehicles unfairly. An example would be the mid 80's Audi 4000 that was highly publicized as having sudden acceleration issues. It hurt the company deeply and even caused Audi to change the name of the cars and effected sales. After further research it was found that the drivers that caused the issue were all inexperienced young drivers who hit the gas rather than the brake. The findings that showed audi had no safety issue was barely mentioned in the media.
Another one was jeep cj's that had an extreme rollover risk. Though they do pose a higher risk that the average car, the stats were inflated as many of the rollovers were off road. Since jeeps are more widely used off road of course they have more rollovers.
There are several cases similar to these. The publicity causes it to be more of an issue than it is.
As I said, if you have official info share it. This was not meant as an insult, rather a request for the official info. I did stress that the information would change as time goes on.
That said, the official statement and information has now been released. You are correct. Chrysler has decided to notify customers and proceed with the issues as a recall on some and campaign with others. They have also issued the official inspection criteria and upgrade information. This is official information and I do thank you for sharing it. It is funny though that nhtsa has not listed it as a recall on their current daily recall list. Also, because chrysler is issuing an actual recall, it will be a blemish on their record and effect the resale and value of the vehicles. This was an issue chrysler was not willing to do as they feel there is no safety issue. It's kinda of weird that this current official info actually contradicts each other oddly. The nhtsa does not list it as a safety recall but chrysler now does. Odd. Thank you again for posting official up to date info and sources.
In the end I think a lot of owners will rush in to get their free hitch even though they have no safety concern. These people should not be degraded though in many cases. If you don't get the recall taken care of, the vehicle will have an open recall and could effect the resale value and sale ability.