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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NHTSA Launches Safety Probe of 3 Million Jeep Grand Cherokees

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the safety of gas tanks on 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1993 and 2004. The safety probe was initiated in response to a petition from the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) which claims the Jeep Grand Cherokees in question have defective gas tanks that may pose a fire danger in the event of an auto accident.

According to CAS, the plastic gas tank on 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees is placed behind the rear axle and below the bumper, creating a serious risk of a rupture in the event of a rear-impact collision. Furthermore, the gas tanks lacked adequate shielding.

There have been 172 fires associated with Jeep Grand Cherokee auto accidents. These fires resulted in 254 fatalities. However, the federal reports providing this data did not specifically indicate that the defective fuel tanks were responsible for the fires.

As part of the safety probe, the NHTSA reviewed records dating back to 1992 and found 10 auto accidents which might have been impacted by the defective gas tanks. These accidents led to 13 fatalities.

It is important to note that while the safety of these vehicles is under investigation, no recall his been initiated as of yet. If your auto accident injuries were exacerbated by these defective autos, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages.

Please contact the defective auto attorneys at The Cochran Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients nationwide.


posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 2:44 PM

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