Jeep dealers, including those in the Quad Cities area, are waiting on details on a massive recall just announced Tuesday. After first refusing a request from government regulators Chrysler will now recall 1.56 million vehicles.
The recall covers only 1.56 million of the 2.7 million Jeeps the government wanted repaired. Officials are calling the gas tank positioning behind the rear axle too risky and can lead to fuel leaks and fire in rear-end crashes. A three-year National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation showed more than 50 deaths. Now, 1993 through 1998 Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberty SUV's from 2002 through 2007 are included. Chrysler insists the SUV's are not defective.
"We think it's a good idea to go ahead and fix the problem. We certainly don't want to have anybody locally or that we know that has an issue," said Dale Zude, VP of Kimberly Car City in Davenport.
Jeep owners impacted should receive a notice in the mail if their vehicle is included in the recall. Local dealers are still waiting on the details of the recall, what parts and repairs it will involve. Those pieces will likely take time to manufacture and ship to service shops. As for the Grand Cherokees from 1999 to 2004 model years, those are now considered part of a "customer service action" and many may not get fixed.