Chrysler has issued an auto recall of their Jeep SUVs to fix airbag issues and transmission fluid leaks. According to a news report in The Detroit Free Press, about 630,000 late-model Jeep SUVs are involved in the recall. The affected vehicles include more than 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass small SUVs from model years 2010 through 2012 that have defective airbags and seatbelts. The recall also involves 221,000 Jeep Wranglers from 2012 and 2013 that have transmission fluid leaks.
This recall was announced two days after Chrysler refused the request of safety regulators to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested Chrysler recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Liberty vehicles from 2002 through 2007 for a fuel tank defect that has led to 37 fiery crashes and 51 deaths.
Chrysler has refused to follow the request of NHTSA with regard to that possible recall because they believe the government’s analysis is faulty. The recent recall for airbags and transmissions is not related. A spokesman for Chrysler has said that they have made 28 recalls over the last two years. It is unclear why they do not agree with the NHTSA findings or to what extent they are looking into the fuel tank issue with their own investigators.
NHTSA has the authority to request recalls, and most auto recalls are done voluntarily. When an automaker refuses to fix a defective auto part, the NHTSA may take them to federal court or reach a negotiated settlement. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a defective auto, an experienced auto product liability lawyer at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., available at (404) 995-3955 can help you better understand your legal rights and options.