Last week, CBS News had an alarming story about Chrysler vehicles potentially having “exploding” gas tanks. It should be noted that a little over a year ago, the manufacturer announced that it was recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles over fire risks concerning the tanks.
The tanks reportedly hang too low and if another vehicle crashes into the rear of an affected model, it can result in a major fire. The affected vehicles are reportedly 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberties.
To alleviate fears about the alleged design defects, Chrysler began to install tow hitches on vehicles. However, some safety advocates say that this is not enough. Additionally, they have argued that Chrysler’s response to the issue has been too slow.
CBS News reported that the death toll from fires involving the vehicles might be as high as 50 victims. Sadly, according to the news outlet, as of last November, only 3 percent of affected vehicles had been fixed.
Remember, if you ever have questions about a specific vehicle recall, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database and search by a VIN number.
One woman allegedly affected by the Chrysler recall was Kayla White, 23, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed following an accident in her 2003 Jeep Liberty, which was struck from behind on a Michigan highway.
An investigation allegedly showed that the plastic gas tank on White’s vehicle melted away during the crash, causing an explosion. Her family has since filed a lawsuit against Chrysler.
“We don’t want it to happen to anybody else,” White’s mother Sue said, according to CBS News. “These vehicles need to get off the road and you see [other drivers] every day and they’re oblivious to it. They think, ‘We’re driving a safe vehicle,’ and you’re not.”
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This story is disturbing. We will continue to update you on any additional news. Again, you may want to check with your dealer if you believe you own one of the vehicles involved.
Keep in mind, if you have been injured in a vehicle accident involving a recalled automobile or have had a loved one killed, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. You may be able to hold the manufacturer liable via a lawsuit.
Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.
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