Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million vehicles. The recall covers 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty. It has been documented that these Jeeps are subject to the possibility of a fire in a rear-end collision. To date, there have been at least 37 accidents that caused fires and resulted in 51 deaths.
All of the Jeeps involved in this recall are used, older models. These used Jeeps could have had numerous owners, which makes it extremely difficult for Chrysler to locate the vehicles included in the recall. Therefore, if you are an owner of one of these vehicles, it may be part of this recall and you may not even know it and never receive a notice from Chrysler about it.
Before buying a used Jeep whether it be online, from an individual or a dealership be sure to check for recalls because, unfortunately, NHTSA does not have the power to require automakers to notify used car dealers of recalls. Also, even if the used car dealers or franchised dealers recognize a recall, there is no obligation to tell potential buyers or make the repairs before a sale.
As a consumer advocate, we are committed to helping keep you and your family safe. Although this recall has been in the news, if you are not reading, watching, or listening in the right place, you may miss it.