• Chrysler Recalling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos
  • September 30, 2014 | Author: Jennifer L. Keel
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Chrysler recently announced it will be recalling nearly 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sports utility vehicles to fix a fuel pump issue that might cause the vehicles to stall.

    Adding to the wide array of recalls seen already this year from automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that certain 2011 models of the vehicles with 3.6 liter V6 or 5.7 liter V8 engines have been recalled.

    Chrysler said because the fuel pump could fail, it could cause the engine to stall, increasing the likelihood of an accident. However, Chrysler noted there have not been any reported instances of injuries or accidents as a result of the recalled vehicles. The affected vehicles were built from Jan. 25, 2010 through July 20, 2011. Dealers are replacing the fuel pump relay starting Oct. 24 for no charge to consumers.

    Industry groups call for more recalls
    While Chrysler is taking steps to comply with the NHTSA, certain industry groups are calling for even more recalls from the automaker. The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit founded by Ralph Nader, said more needs to be done concerning the recall as nearly 5 million vehicles made by Chrysler feature the same fuel pump power control module, USA Today reported.

    "Chrysler should recall them all," Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, told the news source.

    The center even filed a petition asking the NHTSA to further investigate Chrysler vehicles with potentially faulty fuel pumps. The petition noted there are a number of other affected vehicles aside from the Durango and Grand Cherokee models, including Chrysler and Dodge minivans, Ram pickup trucks, Dodge Journey SUVs and Jeep Wranglers. The petition went on to say the faulty modules could have wider-ranging problems than initially anticipated, as they could cause air bags not to inflate or fuel pumps to keep running, which could lead to unintended acceleration or fires.

    In total, hundreds of complaints have been issued concerning the fuel pump module, but the NHTSA has not made a decision on whether it will investigate further. The news source noted the Center for Auto Safety has had success in the past, citing one particular circumstance that led to the recall of 1.56 million older Jeep SUVs for fuel tanks that were improperly mounted.

    Spider webs caused Suzuki recall
    There have been a significant amount of vehicles recalled in 2014. Ford issued a recall earlier this month for certain Escape and Mariner models over fear electronic systems could overheat, while General Motors recalled a number of vehicles earlier this year due to faulty ignition switches. However, one recall issued last month was due to spider webs.

    Suzuki was forced to recall 19,000 midsize cars as spider webs could clog a fuel vapor vent hose. The automaker received seven complaints detailing the problem in certain 2010 to 2013 model year Kizashi cars. There were no injuries or accidents associated with that recall.