In 2009 I bought a 2005 Jeep Liberty. I loved my first four wheel drive car. It was sturdy, I felt safe driving it, and it was reliable. Or so I thought. Years later I got a letter in the mail from Chrysler that stated in an accident involving a rear impact, because the fuel tank is exposed, the car is at risk to catch fire. What was ridiculous was their statement that at the time they do not have the product to fix the issue, so they will contact me when they do. That was over six months ago. I have yet to hear anything from them again and I’m apparently driving around a fire hazard for a car that upon rear impact “explodes.”
And their solution, after much debate with the NHTSA, is to fix my vehicle with a tow hitch, which presumably is somehow going to protect whatever defect my Jeep has that causes it to explode upon rear impact. The solution is scary, and seems to me like Chrysler would rather let people die, than to correctly address a problem in their design.
This is not the first recall on my car that was not appropriately addressed, apparently it suffers from electrical issues, and issues with the shocks deteriorating- both true for my particular vehicle.
More recent news shows another car manufacturer, GM, in a scandalous recall involving a 57 cent part, according to an article on money.cnn.com, The 57-cent part at the center of GM’s recall crisis, the tiny plunger inside the ignition switch was redesigned in 2006, but a new part number was not given. The redesigned part is the cause of multiple deaths and injuries in the recalled cars. Although, GM admits that the mistake is unacceptable, CNN reports that according to Sen. Kelly Ayotte this mistake is “criminal deception.”
A full investigation has yet to unfold in the GM recall scandal, hopefully with a better outcome than that with the Chrysler Jeep recall. People’s lives have been taken, and if the cause of it is a criminal cover up, more than fines should be given to those responsible.