Jeep Gas Tank Trouble

November 30, 2012

Jeep gas tank fires on 1993-2004 involves a potential 3,037,000 million Grand Cherokees. The location of the gas tank between the rear axle and rear bumper (fascia) causes the problem, which Chrysler eliminated in 2005 by relocating the tank in front of the rear axle.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but since 1992 fire has been reported in 44 Grand Cherokee crashes resulting in 55 fire-caused deaths. Ten of the crashes and 13 fatalities were attributed to rear-end crashes. The Ford Pinto rear end crashes of the 1970'scauses the gas tank to split open, but this time there is question that the metal fuel filler hose comes loose from the plastic tank and allows gasoline to spill out.

The design and location of the tank has the filler hose going through the frame rail, which causes the hose to move in relation to the tank.

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