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(Detroit Free Press)   After some careful soul-searching, Chrysler decides they would rather not be sued into oblivion by the families of victims burned to a crisp in their Jeeps   (freep.com) divider line 12
    More: Followup, Chrysler, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sharper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Auburn Hills  
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2013-06-18 05:37:35 PM
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I guess Chrysler took the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. And X was more than the cost of a recall, so they're doing one.

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2013-06-18 05:50:06 PM
3 votes:
Done in one. No need to comment any further. Someone turn off the lights on the way out.
2013-06-18 06:25:56 PM
2 votes:
The didn't care about the old cars that the recall is for. They care about their sales of new cars dropping since people would not buy from a company that doesn't do recalls for a $200 part that can save lives. Safety recalls are done almost monthly by some auto makers and you just can't have the image that you don't care about safety as a car manufacturer.
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2013-06-18 06:02:15 PM
2 votes:
The recall won't save them from suits over past flaming wrecks. If a car gets hot inside when a nuclear bomb explodes underneath it, some lawyer is going to weigh the odds of a crashworthiness lawsuit.

This is more about the math of challenging a government rule when there is no neutral arbiter. The legal standard for judicial review of agency action is very close to "the agency is right."  Cost of recall vs. (80% cost of recall + cost of legal fight with 20% success rate + bad publicity).
2013-06-18 10:56:31 PM
1 votes:
Blame American Motors Corporation instead. They designed the Cherokee.
2013-06-18 09:09:03 PM
1 votes:

GoldDude: They could have made it a lot safer if they had replaced the existing gas tank with one four inches thick.  Yes, it adds 2 tonnes to the weight of the car increasing your fuel consumption to 5 mpg, and increasing your 0-60mph acceleration to about 3 minutes.  And yes, given the thicker tank is smaller on the inside, you've only got about three gallons capacity.  But do you really need to drive more than 15 miles between fillups?  Think of the safety!


If cost were no object, we'd all use  kevlar-lined rubber tanks.
2013-06-18 08:42:52 PM
1 votes:

Maud Dib: Yay, I get a free trailer hitch.


Straight to CL.

For sale: New trailer hitch. Fits '93-98 Jeep Grand Cheroke. Carrier with 'lift kit' included. $25/bo

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2013-06-18 07:33:54 PM
1 votes:
Yay, free trailer hitch!

...But I already have one.  You mean I get nothing out of this krispy kid fiasco?
2013-06-18 06:35:57 PM
1 votes:

Maud Dib: Yay, I get a free trailer hitch.
Yet, they still haven't included me in the recall for the rear trailing arm suspension parts that get corroded from road salt.
Ya see, Jeep, there's this big body of water down here in Texas called, "The Gulf of Mexico".
 It's kinda salty.


Glad to know I'm not the only one who read the article and thought "Woohoo, free trailer hitch."
2013-06-18 06:13:12 PM
1 votes:
Well, that sucks. What other unsafe owner-installed non-OEM add-on is the NHTSA going to hold car companies accountable for? Floor mats?

Like La-Z-Boy being sued for someone getting their fingers sliced off after having replaced the recliner arm with a sword.

At least they're not on the hook for the Jeeps built in the 90's under a less strict safety guideline. Can you imagine recalling every car ever built before 2001 because they don't measure up to the present day's car safety requirements?
2013-06-18 06:07:50 PM
1 votes:
As someone who got rear ended by a semi truck in her 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I'm getting a kick...

/semi was driving on the shoulder because he thought it was a lane, and pulled out just as I was turning right.
//thankfully he hit the breaks quick.
///slightly dented bumper, but jeep was fine. Told him to not worry about it. (too damn sick to care with a 100F temp)
2013-06-18 05:57:56 PM
1 votes:
Yay, I get a free trailer hitch.
Yet, they still haven't included me in the recall for the rear trailing arm suspension parts that get corroded from road salt.
Ya see, Jeep, there's this big body of water down here in Texas called, "The Gulf of Mexico".
 It's kinda salty.
 
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