Investigation continues on Jeep Cherokees gas tank safety
Date: September 13, 2010
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Type: Automobile Accident Prevention
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration launched an investigation of the safety of gas tanks on three million Jeep Cherokees. The investigation involves Grand Cherokees from 1993 to 2004.
The Center for Auto Safety asked NHTSA to review whether the gas tank’s position below the rear bumper and behind the rear axle could cause fuel to spill if the SUV were struck from behind in October 2009. The group also said that the neck of the fuel tank could tear off in crashes.
The Center for Auto Safety says that the Grand Cherokee fuel tank storage system was defective and posed a hazard in a crash in that the plastic fuel tank was behind the rear axle, extended below the rear bumper, and had inadequate shielding, leaving it vulnerable to rupturing or leaking in a crash. Chrysler put the fuel tank in front of the rear axle and shielded it in the 2005 model year.
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