Following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s request for a recall, which prompted a great deal of largely incomplete media coverage for a week, Chrysler will recall the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty. The company will conduct visual inspections and, if necessary, “upgrade the rear structure” to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts. It appears, for now, that means adding a hitch, a move whose effectiveness is unknown, but is relatively easy to do and uses existing parts. Chrysler continues to say that the Jeeps are not defective and are among the safest in their peer group, but proclaimed in their response, “Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families.” In their official response, Chrysler noted that most crashes identified by NHTSA were “extremely severe,” and “in excess of any reasonable expectation..
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