Chrysler To America: Drop Dead
Another example of corporate irresponsibility brought about by government failure to protect Americans for a decade.
NY Times reports:
“Chrysler has told federal safety regulators that it would not help thousands of consumers whose recalled Jeeps were too rusty to be fixed for a fire hazard, even though regulators have said that the failure to do so would be a “great concern.”
Chrysler informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this month that it would repair only structurally sound vehicles and that it would not pay for repairs to vehicles that were too rusty or had collision damage in the rear, a Chrysler spokesman, Eric Mayne, wrote in an email on Sunday.
The refusal sets up another confrontation between the automaker and federal regulators in what has already been a contentious issue.
The government contends that those vehicles, which have gas tanks mounted behind the rear axle, are prone to deadly fires in rear-impact collisions. The controversial repair suggested by Chrysler and approved by the safety agency involves putting a trailer hitch on the back of the vehicle. Trailer hitches are typically used for towing, and have never been seen as safety devices.
Chrysler has told N.H.T.S.A. it may not be possible to repair 3 percent to 6 percent of the 1.6 million Jeeps. That would be 48,000 to 96,000 vehicles, although historically it would be extremely unusual for every owner to respond to a recall notice….”
“Under federal safety regulations, the safety agency has the authority to require an automaker to buy back recalled vehicles if it cannot fix the safety problem, said Allan J. Kam, a safety consultant from Bethesda, Md., who was a senior enforcement lawyer for the agency before retiring in 2000.
But automakers are not required to fix recalled vehicles free — or replace them — if they are older than 10 years, he said.” See