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Old 06-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Possible Jeep Recall?

Just saw a reference to this subject and located this article in USA Today.

Shocker: Chrysler tells feds 'no' on Jeep recall request

Don't know if this means we have a safety issue with our Jeeps or not.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
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I find it interesting that the Jeep announcement comes immediately on the tail of Fords recall - FOR A SIMILAR ISSUE - according to the NHTSA.

Ford recalling 465,000 vehicles for fuel leaks

Could this be Gov't overstepping and bullying or Jeep being stubborn?

Best of luck to all you Jeep owners.
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I've seen some of the video on these crashes. I'd be surprised you'd survive the impact even if there was no fire. I once owned one of these Jeeps and it was one of the best vehicles I've owned.
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1 death per million jeeps! Hmm! I have always thought of statistics as being a method of manipulating data to meet a requirement.

More importantly is why did the accident occur in the first place. Inattention, texting; DUI, DWI. It is much more important that the government spend money on teaching people how to drive defensively and not aggressively.
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The "jist" of the mainstream media sensationalized report I saw on ABC Evening News last night was that the subject Jeeps are somehow faulty because the fuel tanks are located behind the rear axle. Well, guess how many vehicles have been designed with fuel tanks located behind the rear axles? That, in and of itself, is not a design flaw worthy of a recall, IMHO. To me, the whole report smacked of the GM saddle tank pickups back in the 1980s (IIRC) - anyone remember why that furor died down??

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The "jist" of the mainstream media sensationalized report I saw on ABC Evening News last night was that the subject Jeeps are somehow faulty because the fuel tanks are located behind the rear axle. Well, guess how many vehicles have been designed with fuel tanks located behind the rear axles? That, in and of itself, is not a design flaw worthy of a recall, IMHO. To me, the whole report smacked of the GM saddle tank pickups back in the 1980s (IIRC) - anyone remember why that furor died down??

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As I recall there was a video done by one of the "Weekly News Shows" on at the time. They weren't taking any chances that during a crash there wouldn't be a spectacular explosion and fire. In their efforts to make it spectacular they actually put blasting caps in the vicinity of the fuel tank and ignited them at the moment of the crash.

Unfortunately for them the whole thing was filmed in high speed. When the film was slowed down you could see the caps ignite a milisecond before the tank ruptured. So much for honest and objective reporting.

Another thing I don't understand is that if the vehicle met the safety standards in force at the time it was built how is it that it can be recalled 20 years later for being unsafe. It seems that as safety features improve on the newer vehicles somehow those that don't have the newest features are considered unsafe. How long will it be before Ford has to recall all the remaining Model T's and Model A's for lack of current day safety features.

This very mentality is what almost bankrupt the private avation business several years ago. Up until a few years ago every time a private plane crashed the lawyers included the manufacturer in the lawsuits. Manufacturers were having to defend themselves against crashes involving planes 40 and 50 years old that had gone through a multitude of owners. Now at least the airplane manufacturers can't be sued in perpituity for something that was built before they were even born.
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Good on Chrysler (Fiat) for telling them to get real. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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I got notice from Chrysler that my airbags could inflate while driving and to wait until they send notice how to fix it. OK?? Maybe it is a good thing I have not been able to drive it the last 10 weeks.
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