Not long ago, US safety regulators prompted the automaker to expedite the recall fixes to a series of Jeeps, as the federal authorities considered the pace would lead to several years of delayed repairs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked two weeks ago the third largest automaker in the US why it would take the company so long – until 2018 – to repair all recalled Jeeps. The cars are in danger of catching fire in the event of a rear-end collision. NHTSA and Chrysler announced the recall back in June 2013, affecting 1.56 million Jeep SUVs – which need to have a trailer hitch installed. The issue led to 51 fatalities. The models recalled are 1993-1998 Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys.
Chrysler replied to the federal regulator in a filling, stating that it considered the time frame for the repairs to be much shorter, aiming for completion by next March. According to the company, paying the supplier to install more robots augmented the part’s production, while the actual number of cars that needed the fix was smaller than the recall total. That was due to the age of the cars, some of them taken off the road, while others had the trailer coupling already on. The automaker, which estimated the total costs would amount to around $151 million, said that only half of the Grand Cherokee and around 87.5 of the Liverty SUVs would need the fix.