Jeep Grand Cherokee & Liberty Recall

Find out if you or a loved one has a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Liberty personal injury legal claim

2004_Jeep_Grand_CherokeeIn June 2013, the Office of Defects Investigation at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked Chrysler to recall two of its popular SUV models, the 1993–2004 Grand Cherokee and the 2002–07 Liberty. The decision came after an engineering analysis concluded that two separate design defects posed an “unreasonable risk” for the Jeeps’ drivers and passengers. Chrysler argues that these Jeeps are safe, but still agreed to recall 1.56 million SUVS (only the model years 1993–98 for Grand Cherokee and 2002–07 for the Jeep Liberty) and install them, for free, with its own Mopar trailer hitches to help make them safer.

The recall will exclude around 1.1 million Grand Cherokees released from 1999 to 2004. These models will receive a “customer service action” from Chrysler to inspect their trailer hitches. Owners of these models may choose to have a Mopar hitch installed at their expense.

The problem with the 1993–2004 Grand Cherokee and the 2002–07 Liberty

In 2009, the Center for Auto Safety notified NHTSA about an issue with vehicles with a fuel tank behind the rear axle. A rear-end collision in these automobiles could cause the fuel tank to rupture, leak, and ignite. The issue came to attention after rear-impact collisions in Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models led to several deaths, including that of a four-year-old boy in Georgia in 2012 when his grandfather’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded after being rear-ended. Other cases connected to these vehicle models have led to complaints and lawsuits.

The design problem with placing the fuel tank in the back of the vehicle between the axle and the rear bumper is not new. The Ford Pinto and Mercury Bobcat had similar gas tank placement in the 1970s that resulted in 24 injuries and 27 deaths stemming from 38 known crashes. Automakers worldwide eventually stopped using this hazardous tank placement design, moving the tank to a safer place in front of the rear axle.

In 1978, Chrysler released a statement that its K-Car, Omni, and Horizon models would have fuel tank placement under the rear passenger areas to minimize a fuel leak upon impact. Chrysler also relocated the fuel tank in more recent production models of its Grand Cherokee and the Liberty, but has yet to admit any design defect, even for the models being recalled. Chrysler argues that the Mopar trailer hitches installed on the recalled vehicles will now help absorb the impact of a rear-end crash and make the SUVs safer.

Have you or a loved one been hurt in an accident involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Liberty?

2005-2007_Jeep_LibertyIf you or a loved one has been in a crash involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee model year 1993 to 2004 or a Jeep Liberty model year 2002 to 2007, you may have a personal injury claim against Chrysler. You might be entitled to recover some of the costs related to the accident, such as medical bills, vehicle damage, or other expenses.

Understanding whether you have a claim and how to proceed can be a confusing and involved process. Goldberg & Osborne’s attorneys can help you sort through the details and discover whether you have a case. We offer a free initial consultation and a free case review. We only bill for our services if we win your case in court or help you arrange a settlement with those responsible.

Contact us TODAY if you were injured in a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Liberty

We take personal injuries very seriously at Goldberg & Osborne. We handle many different types of cases, including unsafe products such as the dangerous fuel tank locations in the 1993–2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002–07 Jeep Liberty. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash involving one of these vehicles, contact Goldberg & Osborne today at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE.

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