Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Only a fraction of Jeeps repaired almost two years after recall started. The AP (4/15, Krisher) reports that after almost two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million Jeeps, which “could catch fire in rear-end crashes,” Fiat Chrysler has completed repairs on “only a fraction of” the vehicles included in the recall. The automaker has repaired 4% of the Jeep Grand Cherokees and 27% of the Jeep Liberty models that were recalled. The AP notes that the NHTSA has been “sparring” with the automaker for over a year about “repair rates for the recall, which involves installing trailer hitches to help protect the Jeeps’ gas tanks in a rear-end crash.” According to the report, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said last week that the agency plans to “closely monitor Chrysler’s first-quarter repair rates and said NHTSA wants 100 percent completion.”
The Detroit Bureau (4/15, Eisenstein) similarly reports on the story.