Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles. The fuel tanks in these vehicles are at risk of failure and leakage in certain rear impacts. A flame of other ignition source in the presence of a fuel leak could ignite a flame which ultimately could cause great bodily injury and or death to persons in or around the vehicle.
Chrysler will notify vehicle owners, and certified dealers will inspect the rear structure of the vehicles in question. This recall and inspection focuses on tow hitch assemblies as they relate to fuel tank ruptures in collisions from the rear. Chrysler will install a Chrysler designed tow hitch free of charge for vehicles in the recall that are not equipped with a tow hitch, provided that the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles in the recall that are equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, Chrysler will assess whether the hitch and surrounding areas show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks. If so, Chrysler will replace the tow hitch with a Chrysler designed tow hitch free of charge, provided that the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles already equipped with a Chrysler designed tow hitch, Chrysler will inspect the area around the tow hitch installation, and if any installation issues are identified, they will be repaired free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign numbers are N45 (for the Grand Cherokee vehicles) and N46 (for the Liberty vehicles).
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