If you own a 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee or a 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty you need to pay special attention to the notice of recall on the rear installed fuel tank and dont let your Jeep Blow Up.
The tank can rupture in a rear end type collision and catch fire or worse. Numerous deaths have been reported and there is a simple fix to avoid this. Please get to your local dealer and have them repaired according to the NHTSA recall notice.
But be warned that Chrysler may seem to be dragging their feet on this, and some consumers have reported that people have been turned away from dealers stating that there is not problem or they do not have stock to repair the item.
This is an important recall so I would fight to get this fixed. If you need help view this article on who to contact.
NHTSA urges owners of recalled Model Year 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and Model Year 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles to contact their local dealer to arrange a service appointment to receive the free remedy repair for their vehicles. Chrysler reports it currently has nearly 400,000 parts available to repair vehicles covered by this recall and will continue to produce parts to ensure they are able to meet consumer demand for the repair. Owners who have concerns regarding their ability to receive parts should contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-247-9753.
by Catherine Howden
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The 2002-07 KJ Jeep Liberty and the 1993-98 ZJ Jeep Grand Cherokee are vehicles in which the manufacturer placed the fuel tanks behind the rear wheels instead of a mid-ship or above-axle location. These tanks are made of a deformable plastic that exhibits high toughness properties.
These vehicles were self-certified by Chrysler as meeting the requirements of the minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for each model year that they were produced. However, in some cases where a subject Jeep is struck from behind by a smaller, lower profile vehicle, the striking vehicle may not substantially engage the bumper of the Jeep.
The Jeep Liberty has a high-mounted, plastic bumper cover and plastic reinforcement. A low striking vehicle may progress directly into the fuel tank since approximately 10 inches of the lower portion of the Liberty tank is exposed below structural sheet metal.
In cases where a Jeep Liberty is equipped with an OE hitch-receiver, as shown in Figure 1, the hitch-receiver is mounted several inches below the lowest rigid point on the bumper, creating a structural steel barrier across approximately the midpoint height of the exposed tank.
The 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee is similar, but instead uses a sheet metal bumper
reinforcement beneath the plastic bumper cover that can be seen in the digitally measured
rendering above the installed hitch-receiver, shown in Figure 3.