Thursday, June 21, 2012
Jeep Cherokee Fire Investigation Growing
ABC World News (6/17, story 9, 2:05, Muir) reported, "troubling news, safety questions this evening, about some of the most popular SUVs on American roads," the Jeep Grand Cherokee. "The investigation is now growing into whether some Jeeps run a greater risk of catching on fire if the gas tank is hit." ABC (Schriffen) added that the government is investigating Grand Cherokee models made between 1993 and 2004, Cherokees made between 1993 to 2001, and Liberty models made between 2002 to 2007. "Clarence Ditlow, Center for Auto Safety" said, "We have 3.5 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, Cherokees and Liberties, driving around with defective fuel systems that, if hit in the rear, can result in a fuel leak and a catastrophic fire." Schriffen reported that government statistics claim that up to 15 people have been fatally burned to death because of the manufacturing flaw.