Only small num­ber of Jeeps fixed in the 2 years since re­call be­gan

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Nearly two years af­ter agree­ing to re­call 1.56 mil­lion older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the ve­hi­cles has re­paired only a frac­tion of the Jeeps cov­ered by the re­call, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed with fed­eral safety reg­u­la­tors.

Fiat Chrysler U.S. has fixed just 4 per­cent of the Grand Chero­kees and 27 per­cent of the Lib­er­tys that were re­called.

The Jeep re­pair rate of Fiat Chrysler U.S. is far be­low the av­er­age of 75 per­cent 1 1/2 years af­ter a re­call is an­nounced, and it could set up an­other con­fronta­tion be­tween Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, and the gov­ern­ment.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been spar­ring with Chrysler for more than a year over re­pair rates for the re­call, which in­volves in­stalling trailer hitches to help pro­tect the Jeeps’ gas tanks in a rear-end crash.

The tanks are mounted be­hind the rear axle and have lit­tle struc­ture to pro­tect them if struck from be­hind. Fed­eral doc­u­ments show that at least 75 peo­ple have died in post-crash fires blamed on the tanks.

Mark Rosekind, head of the Na­tional

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