Jeep News: Water Leak/Fire Hazard Recall & Upcoming Public Hearing

Fiat Chrysler recalls 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs to fix water leak problem that could cause a fire

I’m not joking! The 164k number is worldwide, but the U.S. accounts for about 99k of them.

The leaking water could potentially start a fire, which the company said happened in at least one reported instance.

Hmmm. Is this anything like water and moisture getting into my dashboard and causing my instrument panel to go dim and my radio to go out and my driver’s side window not to go up and down quite right? Is it time to start another class action lawsuit?

EVENT:  Public Hearing on July 2, 2015

A public hearing on the 22 Fiat Chrysler recalls will take place July 2, 2015, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. For a list of the 22 recalls and additional information see safecar.gov and the Supplemental Notice of Hearing Information from regulations.gov. (Note:  The current water leak/fire hazard recall is not one of the 22 recalls listed.)

found widespread evidence the automaker has failed to meet legal requirements to fix defects, make replacement parts available and notify owners and regulators in a timely fashion.

NHTSA could fine Fiat Chrysler up to $35 million for each of the recall campaigns if it determines it failed to meet legal requirements — or could order the automaker “to take specified action to meet those requirements, including by ordering the manufacturer to refund the purchase price of the defective or noncomplying vehicles, less a reasonable allowance for depreciation.”

“In recent months, NHTSA has identified problems and expressed concerns with the administration, execution and pace of vehicles being remedied across a number of Fiat Chrysler automobiles,” NHTSA said in a statement. “In addition, the agency has received consumer complaints involving parts-availability issues, lack of notification, difficulty obtaining service appointments, and misinformation from dealers.”

The joke of the day comes from Fiat Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne, who said:

We will not be satisfied until we firmly re-establish the trust our customers place in us.

I asked the dealership to take back Jeep #4 and refund my money. They refused. I asked the Jeep Resolution Team to buy back Jeep #4 and they refused. This public hearing indicates I am not the only one.

If NHTSA determines that the company failed its legal obligations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, NHTSA could order actions designed to improve the company’s performance, including the buy-back or replacement of affected vehicles.

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