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