We had intended to report news of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty recall outcome yesterday, but due to unforeseen circumstances we could not. However, we thought our readers would like to know that Chrysler and the NHTSA have come up with a compromise, although it still works in your favor.
It’s finally nice to know that there will be Jeep Cherokee and Liberty recalls, as the issue has been an ongoing one for years, although only came to a head about two weeks ago when they were advised by the NHTSA to issue a recall, for which Chrysler had refused. While the automaker is refusing to call yesterday’s decision a recall, it sure looks like one to us.
The reason why Chrysler has not called this a recall is because it would mean they have admitted defeat, so instead they see this as a voluntary campaign. It’s certainly a strange position for Chrysler to be in, because owners of the Jeep Grand Cherokee built between 1993-2004 and the Jeep Liberty produced between 2002-2007 will see this as a recall, and as such will be contacting their local dealers.
However, we would advise you to do a Jeep vehicle recall check to see if your model is affected by clicking here. The reason we say this is because we are not certain when the so-called recall will start, but we do know they will be inundated with requests.
Proposed Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty resolution — As part of the compromise, Chrysler is to inspect those models believed to be affected and if needed, will make the necessary upgrades to the rear structure, which consist of a new trailer hitch, which will help to protect the fuel-tank if rear-ended. This means those vehicles with a factory or Mopar hitch will not be included in the recall. If this is the case, then there is no need for you to check your vehicle on the link above.
Thanks to Chrysler.